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Harrison Buckley jailed: Uninsured driver sentenced after fatally reversing into 81-year-old great-grandmother



An uninsured driver has been jailed for a 12 months after flattening and fatally injuring an 81-year-old great-grandmother, by reversing his automobile into her.

Harrison Buckley, 24, pleaded responsible to inflicting demise by careless driving and perverting the course of justice after Ann Cassidy’s tragic demise in Might final 12 months.

Sheffield Crown Court docket heard how Buckley had pushed the Seat automobile into the aged pensioner as she was crossing a avenue in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

And following the incident, he “roped” his companion, Jordie Stokes, 27, into telling police that she was the driving force and hadn’t realised what had occurred, the court docket heard.

Officers initially regarded the collision as a minor incident, however hours later Anne’s well being deteriorated, and he or she was discovered to have a fractured cranium and bleeding on the mind.

Sadly, she handed away the next day, along with her grieving husband Eric telling the court docket he had misplaced “the love of his life” and his daughters their “greatest pal”.

Buckley later attended a police station and accepted he was the driving force of the automobile throughout the incident after CCTV revealed a person had been in control of the automobile.

And handing Buckley a 59 week jail time period yesterday (Nov 21), Choose Rachael Harrison informed him no sentence would heal the ache he had precipitated to his sufferer’s household.

Ann Cassidy suffered a severe head harm and died after she was struck by Harrison Buckley

(South Yorkshire Police / SWNS)

She stated: “Ann Cassidy was 81. Her loss has been felt bodily and emotionally.

“No sentence I can go will alleviate that.”

The court docket heard Buckley had ploughed into Ann with the automobile as she was crossing Park Lane, in Thrybergh, Rotherham, on Might 27, 2021.

Prosecutor Laura Marshall stated the Seat was a mobility automobile that had been offered to Stokes due to her grandfather’s incapacity.

However Buckley had taken the automobile with out her permission and later persuaded his companion to return to the scene and lie on his behalf.

The court docket heard Buckley was noticed by police with an open bottle of Desperados alcohol on the time however hadn’t been breath-tested as they didn’t suppose he was the driving force.

The collision was first deemed to have been a minor incident, and so police allowed Stokes to remove her automobile.

However after Ann handed away in hospital, CCTV revealed a male had been driving the automobile.

Stokes later admitted she had not realised Buckley had taken her automobile and he or she had not been the driving force, and had solely attended after the defendant had phoned her.

Ms Marshall stated Buckley had attended a police station the next day and had accepted he was the individual in control of the automobile on the time of the collision.

Ann’s widower Eric, who had come to the scene to seek out his spouse injured, stated he “missed” his spouse and nonetheless talked to her although she’d handed away.

He informed the court docket: “Ann was my life. We did the whole lot collectively. I miss her a lot.

“I speak to her and see her all over the place in the home then I realise she shouldn’t be there. I’ve misplaced the love of my life.”

He added that Ann, who was additionally a mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, was regarded by her daughters as their “greatest pal”.

Defence barrister Richard Barradell, representing Buckley, stated: “He can’t consider how silly he has been.

“He’s bitterly disenchanted in himself. He’s very, very sorry for what he did. He has written a letter which encapsulates precisely how he feels about this.”

Mr Barradell added: “He roped his companion into this within the warmth of the second and he obtained her to say she was driving and he obtained her to take a breathalyser check.

“On the scene, he had no thought how severe this was going to finish up. By the point he was being interviewed by police just a few days later he was stuffed with regret and stuffed with apologies for the household.”

Mr Barradell stated Buckley has been struggling to manage after his brother had been concerned in a automobile crash and had died in his arms.

The court docket additionally heard that on the time of the collision, Buckley had pushed the automobile to get painkillers after he’d suffered two stab wounds and a bleed on the mind in an assault.

Defence barrister Andrew Pickin, representing mother-of-two Stokes, stated: “Ms Stokes is deeply remorseful for her half within the offending and accepts it’s a very severe matter and that she might face a custodial sentence.”

Mr Pickin added that Stokes’ grandfather had misplaced a leg and that was why she was registered to drive the mobility automobile, and on the time, she had been scared that she may lose the automobile.

Choose Harrison informed Buckley: “You had been in your companion’s automobile with out her permission and with out insurance coverage if you hit Ann Cassidy when reversing.”

She sentenced Buckley, from Thrybergh, Rotherham, to 1 12 months and 7 weeks of custody and disqualified him from driving for 29 weeks.

She additionally gave Stokes, from Thrybergh, Rotherham, a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 100 hours of unpaid work.

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