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Death crash driver’s ban sparks debate

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An MP has called for a change in the way driving bans are imposed after a man from Brigg killed a “besotted” church-going couple.

Stephen Donnelly, 26, and Mandy Gold, 21, were killed on the A14 in Northamptonshire when drink driver William Wilson, 33, of Westrum Lane, crashed into their car.

He was jailed for eight years and given a 10-year concurrent driving ban.

Speaking in Parliament, MP Philip Hollobone called for a rethink in cases where defendants would spend the majority of the ban behind bars.

Stephen’s parents Mark and Sue said: “We felt it inappropriate that the 10-year driving ban which Mr Wilson also received should run concurrently rather than consecutively.

“It is our view that anyone who chooses to drink or take drugs while driving, who then causes death by dangerous driving, cannot be trusted to drive a vehicle safely on a public road.

“A 10-year ban to start once the offender has served their sentence would act as a sufficient deterrent to others.

“There is a strong case for a lifetime driving ban in such instances.

“We would support Mr Hollobone in any moves to amend the law in this way.

“We hold no ill-will towards Mr Wilson for killing our son, indeed we are able to forgive him because of the forgiveness we receive through Jesus Christ.”

Wilson killed Mr Donnelly and Miss Gold when he drove on the wrong side of the road while twice the drink-drive limit.

Northampton Crown Court heard how Wilson had been seen slowing down and accelerating erratically and clipping kerbs in the moments before the tragic head-on 
crash.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Sentencing, judge Richard Bray told Wilson:“This was a dreadful course of dangerous driving.

“You drove on the wrong side of the carriageway and they had no chance of avoiding instant death.”

Wilson had been returning home from a travellers’ fair in Camrbidge when he caused the collision on June 27 last year.

Defending Wilson, Gwyn Lewis said: “He is genuinely remorseful and has written to both bereaved families. He struggles with the consequences of his actions.

“It’s the first thing he thinks of in the morning and the last thing he thinks of at night. He unequivocally accepts responsibility.”

The court heard how Wilson had previously been convicted of drink driving, when he was 
17.

 

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