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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Man sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving in Cumbria

A man has been sentenced to eight years for causing death by dangerous driving in Cumbria.

James Oliver, 28, from Lancing Close, Liverpool, was driving a silver Peugeot in Kendal on 23 March 2013 when it left Aynam Road and collided with a stone wall.

The front seat passenger, 21-year-old Robert H Clinton, known as ‘H’ to family and friends, from Kendal died at the scene.

The rear seat passenger, a 21-year-old Cumbria man, suffered cuts and bruises. He was taken to hospital but was discharged the following day.

Oliver was sentenced to eight years at Carlisle Crown Court today, he also will be disqualified from driving for six years and will have to retake his test.

Sergeant John Leonard said: “The actions of Oliver resulted in him losing control and crashing the car, causing the death of one of his friends. We hope that the sentence today helps to bring some closure to the family on this aspect of this tragedy and allows them to remember the person H Clinton was.”

Mr Clinton’s family said: “Today has been a very emotional end to a long and traumatic process. We all feel some kind of relief and that a giant weight has been lifted. We are glad it is over. No sentence will ever bring our H back and we will forever miss him. However, the sentence passed is the most severe given the guidelines and we thankfully to Judge Batty for that. We can now all move on with our lives and have finally got closure although H will always be in our hearts.”

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