Death driver’s ‘contempt for victim’

A WOMAN was criticised for failing to turn up to the unpaid work she had been ordered to carry out after she caused the death of an elderly widower. 

Jack Richardson, 88, was killed when he was hit by a car on Flanshaw Road, Wakefield, while walking to the grave of his late wife.

Kelly Lucas, of Broadowler Lane, Ossett, was handed a “merciful” sentence in April after she admitted causing death by careless driving.

She was made the subject of an 18-month community order and was told to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

Lucas appeared at Leeds Crown Court after she failed to turn up to her unpaid work.

The court was told she repeatedly made up excuses why she could not attend.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC told Lucas: “One might think, having received a merciful sentence, that you would have dealt with it expediently. You have shown utter contempt for the court order and utter contempt for the probation service by lying repeatedly. In my judgement you have shown contempt for the deceased victim of your crime.”

Lucas pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching an unpaid work order.

Michael Jowett, mitigating, said that although it was unacceptable Lucas had not shown up to her unpaid work, she was now engaging with probation services.

Judge Jameson increased the number of hours she must carry out to 300 and ordered her to pay £250 costs.

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