The sentence imposed sits in the mid-range for this type of offence. This is probably because there were no aggravating factors involved such as speeding or use of a mobile phone but no action was taken by Mr Entwistle to avoid the collision.
It is up to a judge’s discretion to impose an extended driving test on drivers who have either been found guilty of, or pleaded guilty to, causing death by careless driving, so we are glad to see this judge has exercised that discretion wisely.
We are pleased that the CPS pursued a prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving. However, the sentence McClure received is below the minimum sentence for this offence as stated in the sentencing guidelines (2-5 years for a ‘low level’ offence). CTC would have preferred to see a much longer driving ban.
Yet another driver has avoided being tried for causing death by dangerous driving by pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving. Unfortunately, without a trial we cannot know what led to Timothy Osborn being killed that day.
It waits to be seen whether the disqualification the judge imposes really is ‘lengthy’.