Four men sentenced to over 48 years for causing death by dangerous driving in stolen lorry

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Karn Hill
Karn Hill

Four men have today been sentenced to a total of 48.5 years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

David Mellor, Alan Mawhinney and Wayne Carroll were passengers in a stolen lorry which was being driven dangerously and out of control by Karn Hill, when it knocked down and killed a pedestrian, Jacqueline Wileman, who was out walking in Brierley, near Barnsley, in September 2018.

The lorry was being driven at least twice the legal speed limit in a residential area, and after knocking down Jacqueline Wileman it crashed into a nearby house, causing massive damage.

Karn Hill pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving.

Catherine Ainsworth, for the CPS, said: "The reckless actions of Karn Hill ended in terrible tragedy.

Mellor, Mawhinney and Carroll
Mellor, Carroll and Mawhinney

"Mellor, Mawhinney and Carroll allowed themselves to be passengers in a vehicle they knew to be stolen which was being driven dangerously. They made no attempt to intervene.

"The length of the sentences imposed on all four defendants today reflects the severity of their criminality and its profoundly tragic consequences.

“Our thoughts remain with Jacqueline’s friends and family as they have been throughout."

Notes to editors

  • Catherine Ainsworth is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Sentences:

    • Karn Hill:
      Count 1: Death by Dangerous Driving. Guilty plea. Sentence: 10 years, 6 months.  Disqualified for 15 years and 3 months to commence upon release and ordered to take extended test.

    • David Mellor:
      Count 1: Death by Dangerous Driving.  Guilty verdict. Sentence: 13 years. Disqualified for Disqualified for 16 years and 3 months to commence upon release and ordered to take extended test.
      Count 2: Aggravated Vehicle Taking Without Authority. Guilty plea. Sentence: Nine years concurrent. Disqualified for 16 years and 3 months to commence upon release and ordered to take extended test.
      Burglary - three months concurrent (Breach)

    • Alan Mawhinney:
      Count 1: Death by Dangerous Driving. Guilty verdict. Sentence: 12 years 6 months. Disqualified for 16 years and 3 months to commence upon release and ordered to take extended test.
      Count 3: Aggravated Vehicle Taking Without Authority. Guilty plea (entered during trial and after evidence had been called.) Sentence: 11 years concurrent.

    • Wayne Carroll
      Count 1: Death by Dangerous Driving. Guilty verdict. Sentence: 12 years 6 months. Disqualified for 16 years and 3 months to commence upon release and ordered to take extended test.
      Count 4: Aggravated Vehicle Taking Without Authority. Guilty verdict. Sentence 12 years concurrent.

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