Drivers sentenced for road race fatality

|News, Driving offences

Two drivers who raced at speeds in excess of 70mph on a 30mph road in Barry and caused the death of a mother-of-two have been sentenced today. 

Joseph Fettah was driving a VW Golf along Cardiff Road in Barry, South Wales when he started racing against Jamie Oaten in an Audi A5 on 27 September 2016.

The cars were seen travelling at speed, one behind the other. Oaten’s car was then seen to brake heavily before it hit the side of Jenna Miller’s car as she was coming out of a petrol station.

Fettah managed to avoid a collision, swerving at the last second. He then pretended that he had no involvement in the incident.

Mrs Miller was left with catastrophic injuries and died in hospital.

Oaten had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving while Fettah denied the charge.  Fettah was convicted by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court.

Janine Davies of the CPS said: “Although Joseph Fettah was not driving the vehicle that collided with Mrs Miller’s car, our case was that he was jointly responsible.

“Through witness accounts, CCTV and expert evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service demonstrated how he was racing with Oaten and how this ultimately led to a loss of life.

“Our thoughts are with the family of Jenna Miller. They have shown great strength throughout the court process and we thank them for their support.”

Jamie Oaten was sentenced to three years and nine months' imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for seven years.

Joseph Fettah was sentenced to five years detention at a Young Offender Institution and was disqualified from driving for seven years and six months.

Notes to editors

  • Janine Davies is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Jamie Oaten pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on 18 April 2017
  • Joseph Fettah was convicted by a jury on 28 November 2017

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