‘The loss of Kate’s fu­ture achieve­ments is too much to bear’

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

who paid the price was an in­no­cent young girl who was mak­ing her way home.”

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment, Kate’s mother Diane Jor­dan de­scribed her daugh­ter as a “very spe­cial and con­fi­dent young lady” who had been work­ing hard to se­cure a place to study psy­chol­ogy at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity.

She said: “The grief and pain we have ex­pe­ri­enced as a fam­ily is hard to put into words.

“The loss of Kate’s fu­ture achieve­ments, pos­si­ble mar­riage and chil­dren is too much to bear.

“There is a hole in my heart that will never heal.”

In his state­ment, Kate’s fa­ther Michael, a char­tered sur­veyor, said he had at­tended a Poole-in-Wharfedale Par­ish Coun­cil meet­ing in the Oc­to­ber be­fore the tragedy to raise con­cerns about the speed of traf­fic in the vil­lage.

He also told how he and his daugh­ter had a “beau­ti­ful bond” and said he had lost the op­por­tu­nity to watch her grad­u­ate and walk her down the aisle.

Re­fer­ring to McGowan, who sat sob­bing in the dock, Mr Whal­ley added: “It’s a cry­ing shame he did not think of the con­se­quences of his lu­natic driv­ing of­fences.”

Michael Smith, pros­e­cut­ing, said McGowan, of Har­ro­gate, was de­scribed by wit­nesses as driv­ing “be­tween 60 and 80mph” on a 40mph limit road. Mr Smith said McGowan was likely to have been over the drink-drive limit, but this could not be proved con­clu­sively.

In a let­ter read to the court by de­fence so­lic­i­tor An­drew Dal­las, McGowan said his ac­tions were “un­for­giv­able” and he apol­o­gised to his vic­tim’s fam­ily.

His pas­sen­ger, Oliver Hurst, 32, ad­mit­ted per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice by mis­lead­ing po­lice about how much he and McGowan had had to drink be­fore the crash.

Hurst, of Ilk­ley, West York­shire, was jailed for seven months.

Out­side court De­tec­tive Sergeant Mat Tun­ney said: “McGowan has de­prived a young woman of her life, who clearly had a bright fu­ture ahead of her.

“He has left in his wake a trail of suf­fer­ing and hurt for Kate’s fam­ily and friends, which will likely never leave them.

“The bravado he dis­played be­hind the wheel and his ig­no­rance to the dan­ger he pre­sented has ul­ti­mately landed him be­hind bars for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod.

“The fact he had been drink­ing in the lead up to the in­ci­dent is re­flec­tive of his com­plete lack of con­cern for those around him.”

Pic­tures: SWNS

Kate Whal­ley wanted to study psy­chol­ogy. Above left, Kate with fa­ther Michael and step­mother Janie

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