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Family condemns driver's sentence
The family of a man killed by a speeding driver has condemned the two and a half year prison sentence he has been given.

Nana Kemajou, 30, an illegal immigrant from Cameroon, was convicted last month of causing the death of Paul Fritchley by dangerous driving.

Kemajou had been speeding with a 'seriously under-inflated tyre'.

Father-of-two Mr Fritchley, 46, from Gloucester, died following the crash on the A38 Quedgeley bypass on 7 January.

Today British justice has failed Paul Fritchley, his family and his many friends
Wayne Oliffe, brother in law

At the end of the trial at Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he was not prepared to sentence Kemajou, a failed asylum seeker who was living in Britain under a false name, until he was clear of his true identity.

On Friday Judge Tabor jailed him for two and a half years saying he was satisfied he was "driving far too fast" for the prevailing conditions.

He said Kemajou, who had denied driving dangerously, had never given the court an explanation for why he had been "living under an alias".

He said: "The offences of causing death by dangerous driving causes life-long hurt and pain to the bereaved.

"No sentence, however long, can satisfy those who have lost loved ones in these circumstances."

Head injuries

Outside court Mr Fritchley's brother-in-law, Wayne Oliffe, said: "Today British justice has failed Paul Fritchley, his family and his many friends."

Mr Oliffe said Kemajou had lied about his true identity and had shown little remorse for his actions.

Describing Mr Fritchley as a "friend and very good family man", he said: "Paul was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Witnesses described how Kemajou had overtaken one car at up to 85mph and was moving back into the inside lane when he saw Mr Fritchley's Renault at the last minute.

He pulled back into the outside lane, clipping the back of Mr Fritchley's car and causing both vehicles to spin out of control.

The Renault hit a flatbed lorry parked in a lay-by, leaving Mr Fritchley with massive head injuries from which he later died.

As well as the custodial sentence, Kemajou was disqualified from driving for three years.




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04 Jun 04  |  Gloucestershire


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