He hit wrong pedal

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GUILTY: Philip Bull ( killed Clare Haslam and Deb­o­rah Clifton ( THE fam­ily of a woman killed by a 90-year-old mo­torist who wrongly pressed the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal in­stead of the brake say they have not had jus­tice af­ter he was spared jail.

Deb­o­rah Clifton, 49, and her part­ner Clare Haslam, 44, were crushed by an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion Ford Fo­cus driven by re­tired tex­tiles mer­chant Philip Bull and died from the cat­a­strophic in­juries.

Sen­tenc­ing Bull, from Wythen­shawe, to a sus­pended sen­tence at Manch­ester Crown Court, Judge Martin Walsh ruled it would not be in the pub­lic in­ter­est to send him to im­me­di­ate cus­tody.

He said: “It will not serve as a de­ter­rent to you or to oth­ers. It will not put right the harm that has been done.

“While it would, of course, be a harsh pun­ish­ment, the fact is that you will live for the rest of your life in the knowl­edge your un­in­tended ac­tions on this oc­ca­sion re­sulted in the deaths of two peo­ple. That is your bur­den to bear.”

Bull’s bar­ris­ter Richard Var­don, had ar­gued the cir­cum­stances of the tragic case were “ex­cep­tional” but the col­li­sion on March 7 out­side Withing­ton Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal had noth­ing to do with the age of his client who had no med­i­cal prob­lems at the time.

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He said Mrs Bull could not be cared for at home with­out the de­fen­dant and she would have to be re­housed.

On Tues­day, some fam­ily mem­bers of both vic­tims gasped in the pub­lic gallery as the judge an­nounced the two-year sen­tence was to be sus­pended.

Af­ter sen­tenc­ing, one man in the pub­lic gallery shouted “the jus­tice sys­tem is shite”, while a woman told rel­a­tives of Mr Bull: “I hope you dad lives a long time to re­gret this. I hope he thinks about them ev­ery day.”

Out­side court, Ms Clifton’s tear­ful sis­ter, Julie, said: “I am an­gry, dev­as­tated.

“His de­fence bar­ris­ter said how re­morse­ful he was but he has never once di­rected that at the fam­ily.”

Bull, who pleaded guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing to two counts of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing, was banned from the wheel for life.

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