Crash victim: sentencing 'a kick in the teeth'

Watford Observer: Katy (right) had her hip shattered in four places and spent two weeks in hospital following the crash Katy (right) had her hip shattered in four places and spent two weeks in hospital following the crash

A South Oxhey woman who spent Christmas in a wheelchair after being hit by an uninsured teenager driving a stolen car has described the sentence handed down by magistrates as "a kick in the teeth".

Katy Gilbert, 27, had her hip shattered in four places and spent two weeks in hospital following the crash with a stolen Renault Megane at the junction of Sandy Lane and Hayling Road on December 2.

The 16-year-old from Watford, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was handed a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and a 12 month driving ban at St Albans youth court last week.

He must also pay Sam English, the owner of the Nissan Micra Katy was travelling in, £300 compensation, £85 court costs and £15 victim surcharge - at a rate of £5 per fortnight.

Katy said: "I am not surprised with that sentence, we were not expecting anything but it is still disappointing.

"The officer that came round to take our statement said she was really hoping for a custodial sentence.

"He could have killed us and he ran from the car, they punish him by saying he’s not allowed to drive but that didn’t stop him last time.

"It feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth from the judge."

More than two months after the crash Katy is still not able to stand without the support of crutches or a wheelchair and must undergo further surgery to repair nerve damage.

As well as the medical impact, Katy has had to drop out of her forensic sciences course at London Metropolitan University and put her work at Watford-based community radio station Vibe 107.6 on hold.

Katy had asked to be present at the usually private youth court sentencing but a magistrate rejected the application, saying she would be told the result afterwards.

However, a week after the hearing, she had still not been contacted regarding the outcome of the case.

She said: "It is frustrating, I’m not a bad person. I was saving up for a house with my boyfriend before this happened.

"Now I have been signed off until June because it’s such a bad socket break, I am getting statutory sick pay but I am having to use my savings too.

"I also can’t try for a baby this year, all these things I wanted to do I now can’t."

The driver pleaded guilty to aggravated taking without consent, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

A 24-year-old also arrested in relation to the crash will face no further action.

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9:10am Thu 7 Feb 13

BlaBla123 says...

Well the fact this little sh*t pleaded guilty & he gets a petty fine just about sums up this country - I thought D Cameron was gonna come down hard on criminals like the'old days' just a thought but try suing him personally thru the small claims court - these little sh*ts also need to be named & shamed if they think there old enough to do the crime!
Well the fact this little sh*t pleaded guilty & he gets a petty fine just about sums up this country - I thought D Cameron was gonna come down hard on criminals like the'old days' just a thought but try suing him personally thru the small claims court - these little sh*ts also need to be named & shamed if they think there old enough to do the crime! BlaBla123

9:12am Thu 7 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

Law and Order?

Hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahaha

The sentence is a complete joke as is our criminal justice system.

The offender, the criminal, has got away almost scot free. The judge should be ashamed of him/herself and the country should be ashamed of the judge. I know I am.

This is not justice, not even close.
Law and Order? Hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahaha The sentence is a complete joke as is our criminal justice system. The offender, the criminal, has got away almost scot free. The judge should be ashamed of him/herself and the country should be ashamed of the judge. I know I am. This is not justice, not even close. MarsLander

9:25am Thu 7 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

Great sound bite that's brought out at every election. Tough on crime, tough on the causes on crime. How hollow can these politicians get ? It's no wonder that some think they are untouchable.
Great sound bite that's brought out at every election. Tough on crime, tough on the causes on crime. How hollow can these politicians get ? It's no wonder that some think they are untouchable. Mohandas

10:18am Thu 7 Feb 13

garston tony says...

I think the rehab order may be right, but what is the point of banning someone from driving who is currently not old enough to legally drive anyway? I think a longer ban (maybe to age 21) and the requirement that he has to pass more than just the standard driving test when he is is allowed to learn to drive
I think the rehab order may be right, but what is the point of banning someone from driving who is currently not old enough to legally drive anyway? I think a longer ban (maybe to age 21) and the requirement that he has to pass more than just the standard driving test when he is is allowed to learn to drive garston tony

10:19am Thu 7 Feb 13

LSC says...

Interesting, if you search the internet for "youth rehabilitation order" nobody seems to know what it actually is. There are lots of lists of what it CAN contain or MIGHT contain, such as curfews or unpaid work, but there appears to be no basic standard. So we don't really know how this scum is actually being punnished anyway.

Justice? No. Detererent? No. Punnishment? No idea.
Interesting, if you search the internet for "youth rehabilitation order" nobody seems to know what it actually is. There are lots of lists of what it CAN contain or MIGHT contain, such as curfews or unpaid work, but there appears to be no basic standard. So we don't really know how this scum is actually being punnished anyway. Justice? No. Detererent? No. Punnishment? No idea. LSC

10:27am Thu 7 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

LSC wrote:
Interesting, if you search the internet for "youth rehabilitation order" nobody seems to know what it actually is. There are lots of lists of what it CAN contain or MIGHT contain, such as curfews or unpaid work, but there appears to be no basic standard. So we don't really know how this scum is actually being punnished anyway.

Justice? No. Detererent? No. Punnishment? No idea.
I looked it up and found the same as you. It's as much or as little as the judge wants it to be.

The driving ban indicates to me that the YRO may be similarly lenient.

I think this is a horrific thoughtless crime and the punishment should fit it. As far as I can see, it doesn't.

A ban until age 21 is the least he should have got.
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: Interesting, if you search the internet for "youth rehabilitation order" nobody seems to know what it actually is. There are lots of lists of what it CAN contain or MIGHT contain, such as curfews or unpaid work, but there appears to be no basic standard. So we don't really know how this scum is actually being punnished anyway. Justice? No. Detererent? No. Punnishment? No idea.[/p][/quote]I looked it up and found the same as you. It's as much or as little as the judge wants it to be. The driving ban indicates to me that the YRO may be similarly lenient. I think this is a horrific thoughtless crime and the punishment should fit it. As far as I can see, it doesn't. A ban until age 21 is the least he should have got. MarsLander

1:04pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Nascot says...

BlaBla123 wrote:
Well the fact this little sh*t pleaded guilty & he gets a petty fine just about sums up this country - I thought D Cameron was gonna come down hard on criminals like the'old days' just a thought but try suing him personally thru the small claims court - these little sh*ts also need to be named & shamed if they think there old enough to do the crime!
It is not a case of the Govermnment not coming down hard on criminals. If you seach the internet for the maximum sentences possible under all or any of those charges he was found guilty, they are considerably harsher than that which this toe rag has been given. Blame the Magistrate and not the PM.
[quote][p][bold]BlaBla123[/bold] wrote: Well the fact this little sh*t pleaded guilty & he gets a petty fine just about sums up this country - I thought D Cameron was gonna come down hard on criminals like the'old days' just a thought but try suing him personally thru the small claims court - these little sh*ts also need to be named & shamed if they think there old enough to do the crime![/p][/quote]It is not a case of the Govermnment not coming down hard on criminals. If you seach the internet for the maximum sentences possible under all or any of those charges he was found guilty, they are considerably harsher than that which this toe rag has been given. Blame the Magistrate and not the PM. Nascot

1:18pm Thu 7 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

http://www.express.c
o.uk/news/uk/376170/
Migrant-who-mugged-s
tudent-two-days-afte
r-arriving-in-UK-is-
jailed

Above is a link to a 22-year old who mugged a drunken student (punched him) and stole his phone and wallet. He got prison - 2 years 8 months.

No lingering after-effects from the mugging in all likelihood.

Now tell me this 16-year-old toe-rag did not do more damage. This poor lady had her hip broken.

If he's old enough and stupid enough to do this crime, he's old enough to take a proper punishment. He should "go away" and be banned from driving for a good long time.

This punishment sends a message that the country does not take this type of crime seriously, particularly when the culprit is only 16. It's about time we, including our magistrates, took this type of crime seriously.

I don't like seeing young men punished harshly, but the crime deserves a far harsher punishment that the one given. It offends my sense of right and wrong.
http://www.express.c o.uk/news/uk/376170/ Migrant-who-mugged-s tudent-two-days-afte r-arriving-in-UK-is- jailed Above is a link to a 22-year old who mugged a drunken student (punched him) and stole his phone and wallet. He got prison - 2 years 8 months. No lingering after-effects from the mugging in all likelihood. Now tell me this 16-year-old toe-rag did not do more damage. This poor lady had her hip broken. If he's old enough and stupid enough to do this crime, he's old enough to take a proper punishment. He should "go away" and be banned from driving for a good long time. This punishment sends a message that the country does not take this type of crime seriously, particularly when the culprit is only 16. It's about time we, including our magistrates, took this type of crime seriously. I don't like seeing young men punished harshly, but the crime deserves a far harsher punishment that the one given. It offends my sense of right and wrong. MarsLander

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