Emma Gilsenan Secures Suspended Sentence imposed in Death by Careless Driving trial

Emma Gilsenan obtained a Suspended Sentence after a Death by Careless Driving conviction was reached against her client at Leeds Crown Court.

In passing what was recognised by the trial judge as an exceptional sentence in an unusual case, it was accepted that, following a dispute, the deceased had gone after Emma’s client who had tried to get away from a situation rather than prolonging an argument.

The trial judge made particular reference to the deceased not allowing Emma’s client drive off, by way of holding onto the steering wheel and/or driver’s side door of the vehicle. In addition, the sentencing remarks made reference to evidence elicited during the cross-examination of the prosecution reconstruction expert that by clinging on to the door of the car, the deceased had contributed to an extent to what came to pass; plainly her death.

In a case described as ‘very different’ to usual death by careless cases, Emma was instructed by Abigail Henry, a specialist in criminal defence at O’Reilly’s Solicitors in Manchester: a solicitor with a wealth of experience, fantastic client care and understanding of the complexities in this case.

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