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Two jailed for Burnley horror crash

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘DEVASTATION’ The scene of the accident in Rosegrove Lane ‘DEVASTATION’ The scene of the accident in Rosegrove Lane

TWO drunken men involved in an ‘horrendous’ stolen car smash which could have led to ‘one or more deaths’ have both been locked up.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Martin Carroll, 29, and Andrew McManus, 24, had been in the Citroen Picasso when it mounted the kerb, almost hit two women and crashed into two cars on Rosegrove Lane, in the town, last July.

Carroll, who had taken the vehicle after asking its owner to get him a taxi, was found slumped in the passenger footwell and had to be taken to hospital, suffering from concussion. Neither he nor McManus had owned up to driving at time of the collision, which left a scene of devastation.

The hearing was told the vehicles were written off in the afternoon incident, one of them belonging to a woman who knew McManus.

Carroll, of Harold Avenue, Burnley, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and was jailed for one year. McManus, of Piccadilly Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty to allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle taken without consent. He was sent to prison for nine months and both defendants were banned for three years.

Sarah Statham, prosecuting, said the Picasso owner was washing the vehicle when Carroll asked him to phone him a taxi. He did and the defendant drove off in the car, clipping the gatepost.

He sped into the main road, on the wrong side, causing other vehicles to slam their brakes on. At some point McManus got in and it was driven to Rosegrove Lane, where two women were standing outside a chemist's shop as it careered round the corner.

Miss Statham said both had to leap out of the way to avoid being hit and the Citroen then smashed into a Mondeo and shunted that into a Clio. Carroll was taken from the vehicle and was taken to hospital. He had 52 previous convictions, whilst his co-defendant had 11 offences on his record.

Richard Taylor, for Carroll, said he expressed remorse. The taking of the car was opportunistic.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell said the two women narrowly missed being ‘wiped out’ by the vehicle. He said: "It could have led to one or more deaths. It was purely good fortune that that did not happen."

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8:55am Fri 20 Jan 12

Jerzei Balowski says...

Pathetic sentences. There needs to be a certain threshhold of previous convictions set after which execution is the only sentence available.
Pathetic sentences. There needs to be a certain threshhold of previous convictions set after which execution is the only sentence available. Jerzei Balowski
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9:03am Fri 20 Jan 12

born n bred blue says...

jerzei you make a good point
jerzei you make a good point born n bred blue
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10:01am Fri 20 Jan 12

TONY WALES says...

Is the justice system working? Not really.
What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year?
They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer.
He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies.
Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ?
Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you?
He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court.
Is the justice system working? Not really. What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year? They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer. He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies. Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ? Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you? He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court. TONY WALES
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10:23am Fri 20 Jan 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

There you go - Judge Newell strikes again. Lets not forget it was this sorry excuse for a representative of the legal system that granted bail to Jonathan Vass...
There you go - Judge Newell strikes again. Lets not forget it was this sorry excuse for a representative of the legal system that granted bail to Jonathan Vass... bikerjohn_uk
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12:22pm Fri 20 Jan 12

Jerzei Balowski says...

TONY WALES wrote:
Is the justice system working? Not really. What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year? They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer. He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies. Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ? Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you? He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court.
That is my exact point. The main valid argument against capital punishment is that of wrongful convictions. But I would argue that anyone who has 52 previous convictions deserves to be executed, regardless of guilt of latest offence. And like you say, so much cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: Is the justice system working? Not really. What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year? They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer. He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies. Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ? Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you? He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court.[/p][/quote]That is my exact point. The main valid argument against capital punishment is that of wrongful convictions. But I would argue that anyone who has 52 previous convictions deserves to be executed, regardless of guilt of latest offence. And like you say, so much cheaper. Jerzei Balowski
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8:04pm Fri 20 Jan 12

DaveBurnley says...

Jerzei Balowski wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
Is the justice system working? Not really. What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year? They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer. He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies. Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ? Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you? He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court.
That is my exact point. The main valid argument against capital punishment is that of wrongful convictions. But I would argue that anyone who has 52 previous convictions deserves to be executed, regardless of guilt of latest offence. And like you say, so much cheaper.
Can't argue with that.
[quote][p][bold]Jerzei Balowski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: Is the justice system working? Not really. What's the point of just sending somebody to jail for a year? They will have a good rest, 3 meals a day and a comfortable cell to live in. All paid for by the taxpayer. He will come out, and be back in prison again in 6 months, so the cycle starts again, until he gets too old or else he dies. Don't you think that somebody with 52 convictions is not a full shilling, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, or somebody with a very low IQ? Are we not better saying to him, that if you commit any more crimes we will hang you? He would then stop committing more crimes, and the country would save a great deal of money. The only sane people who don't want hanging are lawyers who make much money out of the legal system, by having an endless supply of customers to defend, and lie for, or make fancy excuses for, in court.[/p][/quote]That is my exact point. The main valid argument against capital punishment is that of wrongful convictions. But I would argue that anyone who has 52 previous convictions deserves to be executed, regardless of guilt of latest offence. And like you say, so much cheaper.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with that. DaveBurnley
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12:07pm Sat 21 Jan 12

prince of darkness says...

The sentance is a joke thats whats wrong with this country now. Only have to see countless attacks by yobs in town centers. Again this Judge is out of touch with the real world. When are reviews taken for their actions, after 52 previous as others have said enough is enough.
The sentance is a joke thats whats wrong with this country now. Only have to see countless attacks by yobs in town centers. Again this Judge is out of touch with the real world. When are reviews taken for their actions, after 52 previous as others have said enough is enough. prince of darkness
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