‘Sick Face­book taunt’ of killer drink-driver

Daily Express - - NEWS - By John Chap­man

A DRUNK driver who killed a grand­fa­ther then al­legedly taunted the vic­tim’s fam­ily with a sick Face­book rhyme has been jailed for six years.

Shane Davis, 26, veered into the wrong lane on a bend at 70mph and crashed head-on into 82-year-old Wil­liam Day’s car.

The road’s speed limit was 60mph but the bend had a safe max­i­mum speed of 55mph, the court heard.

Davis al­legedly wrote a “poem” that he pasted on Face­book: “Twin­kle twin­kle lit­tle star I want to hit with my car, throw you off a tree so high, hope you break your neck and die.”

He de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

Distress

The vic­tim’s badly in­jured wife Christine died in hos­pi­tal from a heart at­tack nine days later. Doc­tors were un­able to es­tab­lish a link be­tween her in­juries and her death.

The Day fam­ily’s distress was then com­pounded by so­cial me­dia mes­sages al­legedly posted by Davis.

One ap­peared to be about a court ap­pear­ance when he had seen the fam­ily’s car parked out­side. It said, “They couldn’t even af­ford a park­ing ticket with their dis­abled car.”

Davis, 26, from Cirences­ter, Glouces­ter­shire, who was badly Crash vic­tim, grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Day, and wife Christine, who also died. Right, the sick, mock­ing Face­book poem in­jured in the col­li­sion, ad­mit­ted caus­ing the death of Mr Day by care­less driv­ing last Novem­ber while nearly twice over the al­co­hol limit.

He was also banned from driv­ing for six years.

Recorder Oba Nsugbe told him: “It is un­think­able that a dou­ble tragedy has be­fallen this fam­ily in this way.

“I have heard heart-wrench­ing ev­i­dence from their twin daugh­ters.

“The pain and distress they have suf­fered is unimag­in­able. They spoke of a grand­fa­ther, fa­ther, hus­band, who was loved and trea­sured by all. He was killed as he was driv­ing home from help­ing his fam­ily, some­thing he did of­ten.”

Steve Young, de­fend­ing, told Glouces­ter Crown Court that not all of the mes­sages were posted by Davis. He said Davis could not re­mem­ber the hor­ror crash. Mr Young added: “He has not set out to make mat­ters worse for the fam­ily.”

Davis suf­fered a bleed on his brain, frac­tured neck and skull, and breaks to his ribs and leg. Pros­e­cu­tor Bran­don Moor­house said on the day of the in­ci­dent Davis had al­ready crashed his car into the back of a parked ve­hi­cle in Cirences­ter.

The wo­man owner spoke to him and took a pic­ture of his regis­tra­tion plate as he drove off.

Fif­teen min­utes later on a sharp bend on the A429 near Cotswold air­port he veered into the wrong lane and hit Mr Day’s car.

Daugh­ters Su­sanne and Rose told of their dev­as­ta­tion. Su­sanne said in a statement: “Christ­mas was the most heart­break­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of our lives. To en­dure the sight of both our par­ents’ coffins in the church at a time when peo­ple are look­ing for­ward.”

She said she had spot­ted Davis sev­eral times since the crash and he was not then wear­ing the neck brace he has al­ways worn in court.

Heart­bro­ken Su­sanne added: “It is just the mea­sure of a man who has no re­morse. Our lives will never be the same again. Some­how we have got to live with this.”

Shane Davis ad­mit­ted death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing

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