[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 16 February 2006, 15:06 GMT
Police deaths driver loses appeal
Pcs Bryan Moore and Andrew Munn
Pcs Bryan Moore and Andrew Munn were killed in August 2002
A judge has dismissed the appeal of a drink-driver who killed two policemen after smashing into their patrol car.

Lord Justice Keene ruled Leayon Dudley's 14-year-sentence for two counts of manslaughter was in line with the "horrendous facts of the case".

He said Dudley, 41, of Acocks Green, Birmingham, had been "drinking heavily" and "deliberately took a risk to the life of at least one of the officers".

Pc Andrew Munn and Pc Bryan Moore died in August 2002 on the A42 in Leics.

Massive fireball

The two policemen had tried to lay a "stinger"-type device on the road to slow down the approaching van.

Lord Justice Keene said Dudley accelerated to about 80mph as he approached the car, at one point "steering back towards" it as he careered through a lay-by.

(This was) one of the gravest instances of manslaughter through the use of a vehicle of which this court is aware
Lord Justice Keene

The patrol car was catapulted 80 metres down the highway, exploding in a massive fireball.

Dudley had led police on a chase across the Midlands after he defied orders to pull over by Birmingham police late at night in August 2002 after shooting through red lights.

The task assigned to Pcs Moore and Munn was to bring the van driver to a halt after he reached Leicestershire.

Dudley was jailed after admitting two counts of manslaughter at Stafford Crown Court last June.

Lord Justice Keene - sitting with Mr Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Simon at the Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday - said Dudley was twice over the legal alcohol limit at the time of the killings.

His crime was "one of the gravest instances of manslaughter through the use of a vehicle of which this court is aware", he said.

Pc Munn, 37, lived in Shepshed, Leicestershire, while 39-year-old Pc Moore was from Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

Police death drunk driver jailed
13 Jun 05 |  Leicestershire
Driver admits police manslaughter
09 Jun 05 |  Leicestershire
Police deaths driver wins appeal
24 Nov 04 |  West Midlands
Killer to appeal against sentence
27 Apr 04 |  West Midlands

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific