Bid to increase killer driver’s jail term fails
AMOVE to increase the four-year jail sentence for a hit-andrun driver who mowed down and killed two children has failed.
It means Gabor Hegedus, 34, is likely to be released within two years on parole despite crashing his Peugeot 907 into Zaneta Krokova, 11, and Helena Kotlarova, 12, as the cousins crossed a road in Oldham on New Year’s Eve.
Helena died at the scene while Zaneta passed away in hospital two days later.
Last month Judge John Potter handed Hegedus a four-year sentence after the defendant had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, failing to stop after a collision, failing to report a collision, driving without a licence and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Hegedus, a convicted criminal from Hungary, had been speeding at 40mph on the 30mph Ashton Road moments before the crash, although his car had slowed to just below the speed limit by the time of the impact, a court heard.
Together with his three passengers – also convicted criminals from Hungary – he dumped the car and then reported it stolen in a bid to evade justice. They washed the car with bleach to destroy any evidence and Hegedus also shaved off his beard to avoid capture.
The sentence prompted outrage from M.E.N. readers and the parents of the cousins, both immigrants living and working in Oldham after moving from the Czech Republic.
The case was referred to the Attorney General who, the M.E.N. can reveal, has now decided not to refer the case to the Court of Appeal as ‘unduly lenient’.
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “The Solicitor General Robert Buckland offers his sincerest condolences to the families of Zaneta Krokova and Helena Kotlarova. After careful consideration we have decided not to refer the sentence of Gabor Hegedus to the Court of Appeal as we believe it was in line with sentencing guidelines and would not have been increased.”
The news will devastate the girls’ parents. Hegedus had originally been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum 14 years in prison.
Fearing they may not be able to persuade a jury, prosecutors later accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving, which carries a maximum fiveyear sentence. However, Hegedus also admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice which attracts a maximum life sentence.