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“Boy racer” jailed for dangerous driving

A 22 year-old man was jailed this week for six years for causing death by dangerous driving, reports the BBC.

Paul Stewart, described by the trial judge as a “boy racer”, caused the death of Robert McPike when he lost control of his car after overtaking another car on a blind bend in February last year.

Robert McPike was on his way to work when his van was struck by Stewart’s car. He subsequently died in hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained.

An eye witness, who was driving in front of Stewart’s car, described how Stewart’s driving – very close behind her – had left her feeling intimidated.

Stewart had been driving for two years before the incident and had only acquired the car, described by the judge as “ludicrously powerful”, four days previously.

During his trial, it was argued that the brakes of Stewart’s car were faulty and that this may have been a contributory factor. Stewart himself sustained a severe injury to his leg, as a result of which he lost his job.

In mitigation his defence counsel explained that Stewart was “devastated” by the fact he had caused the death of Mr McPike and was receiving counselling. Notwithstanding that, Stewart was sentenced to six years imprisonment and was banned from driving for ten years.

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