Grieving father speaks out over sentence for short sighted driver who killed his son

Braintree and Witham Times: Grieving father speaks out over sentence for short sighted driver who killed his son Grieving father speaks out over sentence for short sighted driver who killed his son

A grieving father has described the fight for justice after his son was killed by a short sighted driver.

Paul Gunn’s son Laurence was hit by a car while walking his dog, Misty, across a pedestrian crossing in London in March 2012.

He died of his injuries the following day.

Mohammed Rashid was arrested and Mr Gunn successfully appealed the Crown Prosecution charging decision so that he was tried for death by dangerous driving.

During the court case the 23-year-old driver admitted he had not worn his glasses for more than a year and admitted to the lesser offence of death by careless driving.

During sentencing last week he was told he should have been more “prudent” in wearing glasses but had not actually broken the law by not wearing them.

He was given 140 hours unpaid work, £500 fine, eight points on his licence and a one year driving ban.

Mr Gunn, 58, of Thresher Rise, Great Notley, said: “I just wanted justice for my son and I don’t think the right sentence has been given."

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6:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

pierre-pierre says...

that judge doesnt know the law
Road Traffic Act 1988
1988 c. 52
Part III
Physical fitness
Section 96

96 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight.

(1)If a person drives a motor vehicle on a road while his eyesight is such (whether through a defect which cannot be or one which is not for the time being sufficiently corrected) that he cannot comply with any requirement as to eyesight prescribed under this Part of this Act for the purposes of tests of competence to drive, he is guilty of an offence.

(2)A constable having reason to suspect that a person driving a motor vehicle may be guilty of an offence under subsection (1) above may require him to submit to a test for the purpose of ascertaining whether, using no other means of correction than he used at the time of driving, he can comply with the requirement concerned.

(3)If that person refuses to submit to the test he is guilty of an offence.
that judge doesnt know the law Road Traffic Act 1988 1988 c. 52 Part III Physical fitness Section 96 96 Driving with uncorrected defective eyesight. (1)If a person drives a motor vehicle on a road while his eyesight is such (whether through a defect which cannot be or one which is not for the time being sufficiently corrected) that he cannot comply with any requirement as to eyesight prescribed under this Part of this Act for the purposes of tests of competence to drive, he is guilty of an offence. (2)A constable having reason to suspect that a person driving a motor vehicle may be guilty of an offence under subsection (1) above may require him to submit to a test for the purpose of ascertaining whether, using no other means of correction than he used at the time of driving, he can comply with the requirement concerned. (3)If that person refuses to submit to the test he is guilty of an offence. pierre-pierre

8:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Kevin 100 says...

I often see and speak to Paul Gunn at his sons memorial. This is such a sad case and has left Paul in bits. The sentence does not fit the crime and is again a true example of what the UK is all about.
Paul, from what you have told me and what I have read, your son was one in a million and one to be truly proud of. The memorial and garden you have left him is a credit to you.... every time I visit my Mum and Dads grave I admire what you have done for Laurence.
RIP Laurence Gunn
I often see and speak to Paul Gunn at his sons memorial. This is such a sad case and has left Paul in bits. The sentence does not fit the crime and is again a true example of what the UK is all about. Paul, from what you have told me and what I have read, your son was one in a million and one to be truly proud of. The memorial and garden you have left him is a credit to you.... every time I visit my Mum and Dads grave I admire what you have done for Laurence. RIP Laurence Gunn Kevin 100

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