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Old 10-02-2010, 02:11 PM
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Driver fined just 100 after biker is left paralysed in road smash
One year ban, 100 fine, 30 costs and 15 victim surcharge...

Posted: 9 February 2010
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A MOTORIST involved in a crash which left a motorcyclist paralysed from the chest down has been fined just 100 and banned from driving for a year.

Kate McCullock, 28, from Leicester, collided with biker Anthony Law, 62, also from Leicester, on September 25th 2009.

The collision left Mr Law with multiple injuries, including a broken back. The injured man is still in hospital more than four months after the crash and has been told by doctors he will never walk again, Leicester Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Law said.

"My life has been completely turned upside down. I used to enjoy car and bike maintenance. I get very emotional knowing I will be unable to do the things I love doing."

McCullock pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention last month.

Mr Law's family are now pursuing a claim for compensation against McCullock's
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A hundred fucking quid???? You get more than that for dropping litter and telling the council jobsworth to fuck off.
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i think the law is swaying towards classing, permenent injury to a motorcyclist. as cruelty to animals... oh hang on maybe not as that usually carries a heavier penalty
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It's even worse than that 15 victim surcharge If he accepts that it might mean that he can't sue the driver...The fact that she has been found guilty in court means that he can take a civil claim against her and should automatically win, however her insurance will claim that they only pay once so she will probably claim poverty and he will get nothing.

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bloody shocking. where do they get these fuckin judges from?
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Isn't anyone involved in an accident guilty of not driving with due care and attention, even if its a small low speed spill?

I believe that the court is more concern with removal of the driver from the road knowing an insurance claim will be made.
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John,
I think you will find the 'Victim Surcharge' doesn't go to the biker in this case, it is collected and put into a central fund and used to pay out compensation to 'victims of crime' where the offender is not found, eg muggings etc. Everyone convicted of anything now has to pay it, even when there is no "victim" eg speeding fines.

She should still have been given a decent stretch inside.
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John,
I think you will find the 'Victim Surcharge' doesn't go to the biker in this case, it is collected and put into a central fund and used to pay out compensation to 'victims of crime' where the offender is not found, eg muggings etc. Everyone convicted of anything now has to pay it, even when there is no "victim" eg speeding fines.

I agree I seem to remember that as well.

I think the judges attitude is " Now that I have found her guilty, let the victim take her to civil court. That will provide another 'hit' for a couple of solicitors, barristors and a judge. If he doesn't have the sense to employ a solicitor he doesn't deserve the payout"

Nothing to do with justice, everything to do with law.

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