Case Study

Mathew Mark Thomas jailed for 10 months for causing death by careless driving

Incident date: 
Fri, 9 Aug 2013

A man has been jailed for 10 months after his careless driving resulted in the death of motorbiker, Andrew Slaughter, in August 2012.

Matthew Mark Thomas appeared at Swansea Crown Court to be sentenced.

He had previously pleaded guilty to causing the death of Andrew Slaughter by careless driving, causing death otherwise in accordance with a licence and while uninsured.

Prosecuting barrister, Robin Rouch, said that on August 9, the day of his death, Mr Slaughter – a husband and step-father – had spent the evening at Swansea Deaf club in Neath Road, of which he was secretary.

“He left at sometime after 9pm in order to make his way home to Llanelli,” said Mr Rouch.
“He was riding a yellow Triumph motorbike home west on the A483 Carmarthen Road.”

He said Thomas, of Pendrog Terrace, Mayhill, was driving in the opposite direction on the dual carriageway toward Swansea city centre in a borrowed Skoda Octavia car.

“In the car was a female friend and her two young children and his intention was to go to McDonald’s,” added Mr Rouch.

But, on turning from the east-bound carriageway into Cwmdu Industrial Estate while the filter arrow was not on – therefore crossing Mr Slaughter’s lane – the car collided with the bike.
Mr Slaughter was thrown onto the bonnet.

Emergency services were called and paramedics tried to revive the 48-year-old, who was unconscious and had no pulse. He was taken to Morriston Hospital where treatment continued, but he was sadly pronounced dead at 10.21pm.

Drug and alcohol tests on Thomas, 25, proved negative and he claimed he had not seen Mr Slaughter’s bike before turning.

Forensic investigators confirmed none of the people involved had been travelling at excess speed.

Judge Keith Thomas said of Mr Slaughter: “He was a loved and admired husband, step father and family man.

“No number of years or months can reconcile a family.”

He jailed Thomas for 10 months and banned him from driving for five years.

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