Andover man sentenced to six years for death whilst driving without due care and attention

13/01/2012

Thomas Stewart was sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court to six years after pleading guilty to causing the death of Mr Ronald Birch, 80, from Whitchurch, whilst driving without due care and attention. He was also sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment concurrent, for causing the death of Mr Birch by driving whilst unlicensed/uninsured.

Following the sentencing, Ruth Bowskill, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex said: There is no doubt that the driving of Thomas Stewart, 40, from Andover, fell below the standard required. He was sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court to causing the death of Mr Ronald Birch, 80, after pleading guilty to causing death whilst driving without due care and attention, being over the prescribed limit, unlicensed and uninsured at the time his vehicle collided with the car driven by Mr Birch on 5 March 2011.

Mr and Mrs Birch were travelling back to their home in Whitchurch having shopped in Andover when Mr Steward travelled onto their side of the road colliding with their vehicle with fatal consequences. Mrs Birch also suffered serious life changing injuries as a result of this collision.

"Mr Stewart's reprehensible driving caused the death of Mr Birch and left his wife, Margaret and their family with the trauma of having to cope with the loss of a loved one in such terrible circumstances.

CPS Wessex  worked hard with the police to bring a strong case to court and welcome the fact that the defendant pleaded guilty so that the family will not have to relive these events during the course of a trial.

Our thoughts are with Mrs Birch at this difficult moment."