A decision to release a prisoner just four months into a 15-month sentence for dangerous driving has left his disabled victim distraught - and questioning the ‘pointless’ British justice system.
Beth Tyson, and her friend Kate Hunter, were left with life-changing injuries after Porsche salesman Adam Hill ploughed his £32,000 Audi A6 into their car after driving on the wrong side of the road.
Beth, now 20, was forced to spend Christmas 2013 in hospital away from family and friends - and had been hoping Hill would suffer a Christmas alone this year.
She and her family have been left distraught by Hill’s early release and have decided to lodge an official complaint to the Ministry of Justice.
Beth, who is from Tealby, said: “He has got away with 16 weeks in prison.
“It took me 14 weeks after the accident until I was just able to stand up again.
“I’m really angry because they call it the British justice system to try to bring justice to victims of crime but it’s not in the best interests of the victim at all.
“I believe it’s all about the criminal, what they want and their best interests.
“The victims, they just have to get on.
“It’s almost like what’s the point in having a judge to sentence someone.
“I’m very disappointed and upset.
“It’s not a justice system at all.”
Beth said she did not think Hill would serve his entire 15-month sentence but fully expected him to be behind bars at Christmas.
She said: “It’s shocking and upsetting for me.
“I was in a place I didn’t want to be, in hospital, over Christmas and new year.
“I was away from my family and friends and it wasn’t nice for me. That was through no fault of my own.
“I was hoping he’d have the same experience, in a place he didn’t want to be.
“I cried straight away when I first heard he could be released in November.
“I’m just really disappointed in the British justice system.”
Beth’s sister, Rebecca Tyson, described Hill’s early release as “disgraceful”.
She said: “Quite frankly it is disgraceful.
“He has changed two girls’ lives, for the rest of their lives, and he only has to serve four months in prison.
“Obviously my sister Beth is distraught about this decision as she has to live the rest of her life in constant pain and with a disability through no fault of her own.
“We as a family are disgusted with the British “justice” system.”
A Prison Service spokesman at the Ministry of Justice said: “We cannot comment on individuals.
“Public protection is our priority.
“Only prisoners who pass a strict risk assessment can be released on home detention curfew.
“Offenders are subject to strict licence conditions and can be recalled to prison if they breach them.”