Ther­a­pist is struck off over road death

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist has been struck off af­ter killing a pen­sioner through dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Su­san Ray­bould, 62, can no longer work as an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist fol­low­ing the hor­ror crash, the Health and Care Pro­fes­sions Coun­cil (HCPC) has ruled.

Mrs Ray­bould was driv­ing her Ford Ka when she hit Pamela Jaya­sun­dera, 72, as she crossed Hurds­field Road, Mac­cles­field, us­ing two walk­ing sticks on March 11, 2013. Ms Jaya­sun­dera suf­fered bro­ken ribs, a bro­ken leg and a frac­tured skull and died the next day.

Mrs Ray­bould had de­nied caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. She was found guilty af­ter a trial at Ch­ester Crown Court in Oc­to­ber 2014 and later sent to prison for three years.

The judge said she must have been reach­ing for her hand­bag at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Mrs Ray­bould, of Bollin Drive, Con­gle­ton, who worked at Mac­cles­field Hospital, has now been re­leased from prison and faced a HCPC con­duct panel in Lon­don.

The panel heard glow­ing re­ports of her work as an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist but was not con­vinced she un­der­stood the se­ri­ous­ness of what hap­pened and said her ev­i­dence lacked ‘gen­uine re­morse, re­gret and in­sight’.

They struck her off the HCPC regis­ter which lists work­ers from 16 care and health pro­fes­sions.

Panel chair­man Naseem Ma­lik said: “The Panel con­sid­ered this con­vic­tion is a se­ri­ous one that in­volved the sud­den and vi­o­lent death of a per­son and that was wholly at­trib­ut­able to the reg­is­trant’s dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

“That, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions dur­ing this hear­ing, Mrs Ray­bould has con­tin­ued to deny her cul­pa­bil­ity for her dan­ger­ous driv­ing de­spite the ver­dict of the jury and the Judge’s com­ments, is a clear in­di­ca­tor that she has very lit­tle, if any, in­sight into the na­ture of the of­fence and im­pact on the vic­tim’s fam­ily.”

Pros­e­cu­tors at Mrs Ray­bould’s trial said her eyes were not on the road and foren­sic ev­i­dence showed she did not slow down. Mrs Ray­bould ad­mit­ted she had not seen Ms Jaya­sun­dera.

The judge said the jury had re­jected Mrs Ray­bould’s ex­pla­na­tion that she had suf­fered from shoul­der pain. He con­cluded the only ten­able ex­pla­na­tion was that she had been reach­ing for her hand­bag.

Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, Mrs Ray­bould de­clined to dis­cuss the rul­ing.

Ev­i­dence lacked ‘gen­uine re­morse, re­gret and in­sight’

●● Su­san Ray­bould

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