Case Study

Banned taxi driver caught driving

Incident date: 
Fri, 15 Feb 2013

A taxi driver banned for causing the death by careless driving of a motorcyclist has been caught driving whilst banned.

Gordon Scott, 49, was on his way home from work when his motorcycle was struck by Delroy Stewart’s Vauxhall Zafira taxi at the junction of Penwortham Way and Chain House Lane in Whitestake, near Preston.

The dad-of-two died at the scene from his injuries.

Stewart, 66, of Marlfield Close, Ingol, Preston, admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving and received 200 hours unpaid work and a three-year driving ban at 
Lancaster Crown Court in 
January 2013.

However, he reappeared before magistrates just weeks later, after being caught driving again on Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood on February 15.

Stewart admitted driving while disqualified and was given a 12-week suspended jail sentence, an eight-week 
curfew and a further year on his motoring ban.

Mr Scott’s widow Karen said Stewart’s disregard for the law had added to the trauma for her and her twin sons, Jozef and Cameron, 14.

Mrs Scott, 47, said: “It is almost like he is sticking two fingers up to the judiciary system.

“He got off rather lightly and this is absolutely another blow again on top of it all.”

“The (court case) only took place in November 2012 which was a long time to wait. It was all done by statements so (Stewart) didn’t have to stand up and explain what he had done.

“It was really frustrating when I want answers. Then the sentence was put off until January and we had to go through Christmas with it hanging over us.”

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