Road-rage gang­ster’s ap­peal fails

The Scotsman - - Features - HorNe

briaN A GANG­STER who killed a driver by ram­ming his van in a road­rage in­ci­dent has failed in an at­tempt to cut his 12-year jail sen­tence.

Ap­peal judges threw out Paul Lyons’s claim that the pun­ish­ment was too se­vere, telling him his crime was “ut­terly ap­palling”.

Lyons, 29, a mem­ber of a no- to­ri­ous Glas­gow crime clan, had ad­mit­ted cul­pa­ble homi­cide, flee­ing to Spain to avoid pros­e­cu­tion, and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­surance.

He was high on drink and drugs when he forced fa­ther-oftwo Mark Flee­man, 32, off the M74 near Larkhall, La­nark­shire. Pas­sen­ger Lee All­sup, 17, was scarred for life.

At the Court of Crim­i­nal Ap- peal in Ed­in­burgh, de­fence ad­vo­cate Chris Shead said the 12year sen­tence did not give Lyons enough credit for plead­ing guilty and so avoid­ing a trial.

But Lord Reed told Lyons: “You have been con­victed of a crime which can only be de­scribed as ut­terly ap­palling.”

Lyons will also re­main un­der su­per­vi­sion for three years af­ter the end of his prison sen­tence.

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