CHINGFORD: Anger as death crash driver sentencing moved

CHINGFORD: Anger as death crash driver sentencing moved

Mo Watts died in August 2009

The funeral of Mo Watts

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A MOTORIST who admitted driving carelessly before a crash which killed a motorcyclist has had his sentencing date changed so he can plan his son’s wedding.

The move was branded “ridiculous” and “a slap in the face” by Marne Watts, the father of Mo Watts, 20, who was killed last year in Hatch Lane, Chingford.

As the request was granted at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Mr Watts said he jumped up and shouted ‘my son will never get married, because he is dead’.

Mr Watts jnr was killed on August 21, 2009. His motorbike collided with a van and he died at the scene after suffering internal injuries.

Van driver David Sinclair, 55, of Cecil Avenue in Barking, earlier admitted a charge of careless driving and was due to be sentenced on July 9.

But last week his barrister Karen Dempsey told Snaresbrook Crown Court that Mr Sinclair’s son was due to be married on July 10 and he wanted to prepare the day before.

Judge Louise Kamill brought the hearing forward a week, and it is now due to be held on July 1.

“It’s so insensitive, I could not believe it,” Mr Watts said. “They didn’t have to mention it was for a wedding, it’s rubbing salt in the wound. Our family has been devastated but changing dates to suit them is ridiculous.”

Mr Watts jnr, a former Heathcote Secondary School pupil, was studying aerospace engineering at the University of Hertfordshire and was the first in his family to go to university.

He was on his way home to Bernwell Road in Chingford, after visiting his mum, when the tragic accident happened.

Mr Watts, a builder, said he expected Sinclair to receive a driving ban, a fine, community service or a combination of all three.

“It’s totally inadequate for what happened to me and my family,” he said. “I didn’t want retribution but this is just a slap in the face.”

Mr Watts said the rest of his family were “absolutely incensed” by the change of date and it had wrecked a commemoration event he was planning as he is due to erect his son’s headstone in the next few weeks.

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6:12pm Wed 16 Jun 10

loughtonkid says...

I don't know how on earth these 'judges' sleep at night!!
Where have all the judges with common sense gone?
Its amazing how this man could even think only about how he couldn't plan the wedding, and not about the human being he has just killed.
I don't know how on earth these 'judges' sleep at night!! Where have all the judges with common sense gone? Its amazing how this man could even think only about how he couldn't plan the wedding, and not about the human being he has just killed. loughtonkid
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11:23pm Wed 16 Jun 10

rubberneck says...

Absolutely beyond belief, the insensitivity of the request warrants 10 years.
Absolutely beyond belief, the insensitivity of the request warrants 10 years. rubberneck
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11:40pm Wed 16 Jun 10

Walthamster says...

I don't know what's more unbelievable - that the driver asked for this or that the judge granted it. Why not just spit in the bereaved family's faces?
I don't know what's more unbelievable - that the driver asked for this or that the judge granted it. Why not just spit in the bereaved family's faces? Walthamster
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6:34pm Sat 19 Jun 10

fedupwithlosers says...

I cant believe im reading this!!!! Its a my bat and my ball job!!! Surely a man that has admitted a crime doesnt get choices as to when his case can be heard? But it seems he can! Isnt he lucky to have a son that is about to get married. Mr Watts sadly, hasnt now. The crime is obviously furthest from his mind, all he cares about is his own family and not the family he has destroyed! Selfish beyond belief!!!
I cant believe im reading this!!!! Its a my bat and my ball job!!! Surely a man that has admitted a crime doesnt get choices as to when his case can be heard? But it seems he can! Isnt he lucky to have a son that is about to get married. Mr Watts sadly, hasnt now. The crime is obviously furthest from his mind, all he cares about is his own family and not the family he has destroyed! Selfish beyond belief!!! fedupwithlosers
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