Case Study

Male cyclist killed in Leytonstone hit and run (09/02/13)

Police were called to the collision outside the tube station, Church Lane, on Saturday at 6.30am and London Ambulance Service pronounced the 56-year-old man dead at the scene.

The abandoned car was found close by.

Metropolitan Police attended addresses in Leyton and arrested three men, aged 19, 18 and 16. They were taken to an East London police station and bailed pending further inquiries to dates in early May.

  • UPDATE (14/02/13)

The cyclist has been named as Edward Orrey, 56, from Penzance.

A post-mortem examination at Walthamstow Mortuary revealed Mr Orrey died of multiple injuries.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Walthamstow coroner’s court on 13 February.

Detective Sergeant Mark Robson, leading the investigation, said police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision or events leading up to it to come forward.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Peugeot 206 being driven between Gainsborough Road and Bushwood shortly after the collision.

“The vehicle would have sustained noticeable damage to the front following the collision. We believe the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot over Wanstead Flats after abandoning the car.”

A Met spokesman added: “Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit are investigating and appeal for anyone with information to contact them on 0208 597 4874 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

  • UPDATE (15/02/13)

Mr Orrey’s wife spoke to the press saying “George had everything he needed for his bike. He was in a dangerous job and he did everything he could to be safe in that job, it was the same on his bike. If there was any time to get away from it he would have done but it was head on and he stood no chance”.

She added “I am mad, furious. The driver should be made to stand in that mortuary and look at what they have done. Maybe then they will show some remorse, looking at what they have left on the side of the road”.

  • UPDATE (22/01/14)

A man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of Edward Orrey whilst unfit through alcohol.

Kingsley Gordon-Allen, 20, of Ashville Road in Leytonstone, pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court.

Mr Gordon-Allen was remanded in custody yesterday and will be sentenced on March 7 at Wood Green Crown Court.

  • UPDATE (14/03/14)

The sentencing of Kingsley Gordon-Allen has been adjourned for a second time. He was due to be sentenced on March 7th but this was extended to March 14th due to pre-sentencing reports not being ready.

Sentencing will take place on Friday 28 March at Wood Green crown court at 14:00.

  • UPDATE (01/04/14)

Kingsley Gordon-Allen was given an eight year prison sentence and disqualified from driving for ten years for causing Mr Orrey’s death by careless driving whilst unfit through alcohol.

The other two men that had been arrested were released with no further action.

The London Evening Standard reported that Gordon-Allen had been at least three times over the drink-drive limit when he hit Mr Orrey and he had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

  • UPDATE (02/10/14)

It has been reported that Kingsley Gordon-Allen has been given a release date of January 2018, meaning he will only have spent four years in prison. This is despite his sentence being increased to 11 years after he brutally attacked a 50-year-old man whilst out on bail on New Year’s Day.

Elaine Orrey, 54, said: “We had a new family liaison officer and she told me that he will be out in four years whether he behaves or not, and if we don’t object he will be out in three-and-a-half.

“He could start coming out on licence in 24 months.

“They don’t give a damn about the people left behind, the victims. We have been through all this for nothing.

“In court the police took us outside to speak to us in the street because there was no space in the court. The date was moved the first time and then the judge tried to throw it out of court because he was taken to the wrong court and we had come down from Cornwall.

“I have no faith in the so-called justice system. I had heard stories before but never in my life did I imagine we would be treated like this.”

Frankie Orrey, 34, has called for changes to the justice system.

She said: “It is like my dad meant nothing. If he comes out of prison in 2018 he will still be young, he will have a life ahead of him and probably new qualifications.

“He will have served his time in a young offenders’ institute, not even a real prison. We have been treated like the criminals.

“Kingsley Gordon Allen has never shown any remorse for what he did.”

The family also told a reporter that they were verbally abused by supporters of Gordon-Allen at his sentencing in Wood Green.

CTC's view: 

Drivers who enter early guilty pleas can receive up to a third off their sentence, thus, if the driver hadn’t entered a guilty plea, logically the judge would have imposed a 12 year prison sentence. This is very close to the maximum 14 year penalty, which is rarely used as there have to be multiple aggravating factors involved such as previous driving convictions and several victims

The Road Justice campaign is calling for tougher sentencing that discourages bad driving and removes dangerous drivers from the roads, with a focus on substantial driving bans and custodial sentences for the worst offenders.

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