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Man who crushed biker fails in sentence appeal

A motorist jailed for crushing a motorbike rider in a shopping centre car park was given the proper sentence, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

James Caswell (22), failed to reduce the punishment imposed for causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving.

He was behind the wheel of his mother's car when it slid out of control at the Northcott Centre, Glengormley, and struck Philip James, pinning him to another car.

The victim, who was on a motorbike, sustained a crush injury and lacerations to the lower leg in the collision in May 2009.

Witnesses said they saw Caswell approaching the scene at around 40mph.

Prosecutors had claimed he was driving too fast and attempting a handbrake turn to show off in front of friends.

Caswell, of Glenburn Park, Belfast, pleaded guilty to the offence, but insisted he was not deliberately trying any such manoeuvre. Earlier this year, he was ordered to serve just over 10 months in prison and the same on licence for the offence.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ruled that the sentence could be criticised and dismissed the appeal.

Belfast Telegraph