Road-rage gangster’s appeal fails
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.