Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killer Driver Spared Jail by Victim's Family

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killer Driver Spared Jail by Victim's Family

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A DRIVER who killed a talented young doctor was spared jail after an extraordinary plea by the victim's family. Dr Ian Noble, 26, was knocked off his scooter by Everton Wright a mile from King's College Hospital, Camberwell, where he worked.

The Eton-educated doctor was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Wright, 32, had turned across a bus lane without regard for other traffic, Inner London crown court heard yesterday.

The plumber, of Croydon, admitted causing death by careless driving.

He was ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work after Dr Noble's family asked judge Roger Chapple not to jail him but impose a sentence requiring a contribution to society. They said in an impact statement: "Our lives are wrecked. It is unlikely we will ever get over this loss.

"But neither Ian nor we would advocate a custodial sentence for what we understand was a simple act of stupidity -- albeit with devastating consequences. …

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