Death driver’s sen­tence ap­peal fails

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The wid­ower of a woman killed by a care­less driver has branded at­tempts by him to get his sen­tence cut as “dis­gust­ing”.

Tony Hayward, who had been with his wife Su­san for 40 years, said he felt sick when he was told Ian Har­vey had ap­pealed against the length of his twoyear sen­tence af­ter ad­mit­ting caus­ing her death.

Mrs Hayward, 56, from Chatham, died in De­cem­ber 2015 when the 24-year-old crashed into the Ford Fo­cus she was trav­el­ling in.

Har­vey, a sol­dier, lost con­trol of his car as he sped over a hill in Higham. He hit the Fo­cus trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, which con­tained Mrs Hayward, her hus­band, his brother, Mark, and his sis­ter-in-law wife Christine.

Har­vey ad­mit­ted caus­ing the death of Mrs Hayward by care­less driv­ing af­ter con­fess­ing at the scene of the crash that it was his fault but was cleared of caus­ing death and se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

At the Ap­peal Court in Lon­don, Har­vey’s le­gal team said the two-year sen­tence was too harsh and should be re­duced. How­ever, ap­peal judges dis­agreed and dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion, stat­ing the sen­tence was not “man­i­festly ex­ces­sive”.

Mr Hayward said: “He only got two years. What he did af­fects us for the rest of our lives. He should have got more.”

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Ian Har­vey

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