News Criminal Defence 20th Apr 2018

Former Gurkha Lorry Driver Spared Jail After Fatally Knocking into Lord Taylor of Blackburn

Michael Rawlinson’s client, a lorry driver and former Nepalese Gurkha, knocked Lord Taylor Blackburn from his mobility scooter at a zebra crossing whilst driving his lorry in November 2017. Lord Taylor suffered severe head injuries and died a few days later in hospital. The weather conditions were poor and Pandey had overshot a give way sign. He allowed several pedestrians go but pulled out two seconds after Lord Taylor began to cross without checking his mirrors properly.

Pandey was a “proud hard-working man” who was born into a poor family in Nepal and had come to Britain in 2010 to give his family a “better life”put his wife and 15-year-old son first.

The Judge suspended his sentence because of Pandey’s “genuine remorse” and the potential effect on his family.


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