Fatal hit & run driver released on appeal.

Posted: November 17, 2009 in Law & Disorder

A man jailed after driving away from the scene of a fatal road accident in Bath was today freed on appeal after judges halved his sentence.

IlieClaims negotiator Zachary Redman had been driving his car along Rossiter Road at Widcombe on August 8 last year when it struck father-of-one, Stephen Beadle, who had been crossing over.

Mr Beadle, a 42-year-old tree surgeon, later died in hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Despite having a badly damaged windscreen which he could hardly see through, Redman did not stop after the accident but drove another 15 miles until he reached his home. The 24-year-old from Warminster then contacted the police, having told his parents what had happened.

Redman stood trial for causing Mr Beadle’s death by dangerous driving but was acquitted of that offence by a jury.

However, at Bristol Crown Court on August 28 this year, he was convicted of the alternative offence of careless driving, and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, in relation to the fact that he drove with a damaged windscreen, and failing to stop after an accident. On September 18 this year he was sentenced to eight months in jail.

That sentence was halved to 16 weeks by Mr Justice Wyn Williams and Mr Justice Langstaff, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, meaning he walked free yesterday.

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