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Family Disgusted By Two Year Sentence

Created on 27/08/2010 @ 18:53
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The family of a Llanerfyl woman who died after being knocked off her motorcycle just before last Christmas say they are 'disgusted' by the two year jail sentence handed out to the driver of the car. 

David Shayler, 55, from Halesowen in the West Midlands, admitted causing the death of WH Smith employee Julia Wiles by dangerous driving at Mold Crown Court and was jailed for two years.

Her family said they were "speechless and disgusted" by the sentence.

Shayler was also banned from driving for three years.

He was driving his Renault Laguna car on the A458 in freezing conditions when the incident happened at Llanfair Caereinion on December 18 last year, the court was told.

Julia Wiles died of multiple injuries at the scene.

In a statement, the family said they were "speechless and disgusted" by the sentence.

They added that current sentencing guidelines for death by dangerous driving did not mirror the loss families experienced in such tragedies, and the guidelines should be looked at.

She had left her home to travel to work at WH Smith in Welshpool when the crash happened. Shayler escaped with minor injuries.

The court heard that Shayler had told police he was not familiar with the road and was using his satellite navigation system.

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