Denton driver sentenced to 18 months for causing death of father in front of daughter

By Robin Scott

A Denton man, who pleaded guilty to causing death while driving, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and banned from driving for three years.

 Colin McDonald, 37, of Acre Street, was driving without a license or insurance when he hit Wayne Leary, 38, on the Oldham Road on Sunday April 4th 2010.

Mr Leary suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital and later transferred to Salford Royal but died the next day.

Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street, heard that McDonald had several previous convictions for drunken driving and driving without a license or insurance.

Mr Leary was out with family members when the incident occurred and his 12-year-old daughter was yards from the collision that killed him.

Judge Lowcock commended McDonald for his guilty plea on the basis that it spared Mr Leary’s daughter from having to give evidence in the case.

He added that Mr Leary had been drinking heavily and was wearing dark clothing and that both of these circumstances were considered by the sentence.

McDonald received 18 months for causing death while driving without a licence and without insurance, eight months for failing to stop at a road accident and eight months for failing to report an accident all to be served concurrently.

Judge Lowcock said: “No sentence this court can impose can properly reflect the pain felt by the family of Mr Leary at their loss.”


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