Every day in jail deserved
A MOTORIST who left a pedestrian with devastating multiple injuries after cannoning into her on his way to work deserved every day of his three-year jail term top judges have ruled. Carl Smith, 30, was jailed for three years at Snaresbrook Crown Court aft
A MOTORIST who left a pedestrian with devastating multiple injuries after cannoning into her on his way to work deserved every day of his three-year jail term top judges have ruled.
Carl Smith, 30, was jailed for three years at Snaresbrook Crown Court after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on 49-year-old Dora Pinamang and dangerous driving last December.
Ms Pinamang was left severely maimed after Smith, who has previous convictions for speeding, lost control of his car after driving at up to 60mph in a 30mph speed zone in Freshwater Road, Dagenham, on March 3 2007.
Disaster came after Smith, of Alan Gardens, Romford, overtook three cars, losing control as he turned a bend on the wrong side of the road. His car struck roadside railings and collided with Ms Pinamang.
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Lord Justice Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice King and Judge Peter Moss QC at London's Criminal Appeal Court, said Smith's driving had resulted in horrific injuries, leading to a right leg amputation below the knee, fractures to the legs and arms, devastating facial injuries and cracked ribs.
Ms Pinamang also lost her vision in both eyes, although this was partly attributable to a pre-existing medical condition.
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At the time of sentence, she was expected to remain in hospital into the current year, although no up-to-date report on her health was available today.
Smith had expressed profound remorse for his actions, but Lord Justice Thomas said he was guilty of more than a "momentary lapse of attention".
His offence stemmed from a "deliberate piece of bad driving in a restricted area", said the judge, adding that Smith's "culpability was high".
"His sentence was not wrong in principle, nor manifestly excessive," he concluded.