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Driver sentenced for car park manslaughter

|News, Violent crime , Driving offences

A motorist who ran over a pedestrian in a Sainsbury’s car park has been sentenced for manslaughter at Cardiff Crown Court. 

Timothy Higgins, 22, had argued with Christopher Gadd over being blocked in at the store’s car park in Pontllanfraith. As Higgins drove his partner’s Land Rover out of the car park, he swerved the vehicle towards Christopher Gadd knocking him to the ground causing fatal injuries.

The police investigation revealed that Higgins only had a provisional licence and was not insured to drive the vehicle.

Following his conviction by the jury, Lisa Bennett of the CPS said: “Timothy Higgins used the vehicle as a weapon, deliberately swerving towards another person.

“His irresponsible driving has caused a tragic loss of life which could easily have been avoided.

“This case serves as a reminder to all motorists how even low speed collisions can have devastating consequences.

“We hope that the conviction can bring some comfort to Mr Gadd’s friends and family, who remain in our thoughts.”

Higgins was sentenced on 8 November where he received a total of five years' imprisonment, was disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Notes to editors

  • Lisa Bennett is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Timothy Higgins (DOB: 11/04/1997) was convicted of manslaughter; causing death while driving uninsured; causing death while driving otherwise in accordance with licence.

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