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  1. Published on: 09/08/2018 07:49 AMReported by: roving-eye


    A motorist who was texting shortly before a fatal collision which killed two pedestrians has been jailed after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.



    Rachel Murphy and Shelby Maher died after Mohmed Patel collided with them in his BMW 3 Series as they crossed the A59 near Preston with a group of friends.

    He has been sentenced today to six years’ imprisonment.

    Patel, 26, had been using his mobile phone while driving on the evening of 20 April 2016 and had sent a text message 42 seconds before he called 999 to report the incident.

    He admitted he had not seen the group ahead of him before the collision and as a result did not use his brakes or attempt to avoid them.

    Three of the group were hit. Rachel Murphy, 23, died at the scene of the collision and Shelby Maher, 17, died soon after arriving at hospital.

    Another young woman in the group was also injured and was in hospital for several days. A passenger in Patel’s car suffered minor injuries.

    Patel was found guilty of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial at Preston Court.

    Tom Snape from the CPS said:

    “Evidence showed that there was just matter of seconds between Mohmed Patel sending a text message while driving, and him colliding with the victims as they crossed the road.

    “While Patel pleaded guilty to careless driving, the CPS was not prepared to accept his plea to the lesser charge.

    “His actions in texting while behind the wheel were shown to be dangerous, and that moment of deliberate distraction by his mobile phone had tragic consequences for the family and friends of Rachel and Shelby. Our thoughts are with them.”

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  3. cotton man says:09/08/2018 08:16 AM
    What a ridiculous sentence for killing two young women. He will only serve half and be out on license free to get on with his life and arrogant disregard for our laws in our country.

  4. gsgsgs says:09/08/2018 08:29 AM
    ludicrous, 6 years is the top end (4.5 - 7 years) for "high culpability" just how high must it be to be "most serious culpability".

    Killing 2 people in this way surely falls under manslaughter!

  5. justbecause says:09/08/2018 09:17 AM
    A joke of a sentence, causing death by dangerous driving now falls under the ‘life sentence’ category.

  6. Ceam says:09/08/2018 09:29 AM
    Yet people still keep on doing it. You see them EVERY day.

    punishment needs to be harder for those using phones prior to them killing some one. Then maybe it will stop.
    Instant ban, no exceptions. Law's to soft.

  7. gazaprop says:09/08/2018 10:20 AM
    It is sypmtomatic of today's values were an individuals 'on-line' life usurps all consideration for others.

  8. abbeyroad says:09/08/2018 12:37 PM
    6 years for murdering 2 people. You wonder what planet these judges live on.

  9. MargeSimpson says:09/08/2018 07:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    6 years for murdering 2 people. You wonder what planet these judges live on.
    It is the politicians who create the laws, not the judges.

  10. Ceam says:09/08/2018 08:28 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by MargeSimpson View Post
    It is the politicians who create the laws, not the judges.
    And it's not murder. As it's not premeditated.

  11. abbeyroad says:10/08/2018 02:37 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by MargeSimpson View Post
    It is the politicians who create the laws, not the judges.
    The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years. It is the judge in this case who imposed 6 years.

  12. abbeyroad says:10/08/2018 02:38 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceam View Post
    And it's not murder. As it's not premeditated.
    Perhaps not, but it should be.

  13. cotton man says:12/08/2018 02:48 PM
    Would the name Patel have anything to do with such a light sentence.


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