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Driver jailed after fatal crash
Ratnam Yogan
Ratnam Yogan admitted causing the death of Deborah Peaty
A Sri Lankan refugee who fled the UK after being charged over a crash which killed a pregnant teacher has been jailed for 33 months.

Ratnam Yogan,30, from east London, admitted causing the death of Deborah Peaty, 26, of Daventry.

She died in a crash near Potterspury, Northants, in October 2003. Yogan admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by misleading police.

Ms Peaty's daughter, Charlotte Louise, was delivered but pronounced dead.

Yogan was at the wheel of a BMW which hit the wing mirror of a vehicle he was attempting to overtake.

Deborah Louise Peaty
Deborah Peaty and her unborn baby girl died in the crash

Oxford Crown Court heard that another vehicle lost control during this manoeuvre and collided with Ms Peaty's Vauxhall Corsa further down the road.

Yogan stopped at the scene and paid the driver for the damage to the wing mirror.

International search

He got back in the BMW and left the scene, despite the aggrieved driver pointing out the more serious accident involving Buckinghamshire teacher Ms Peaty.

Police later tracked down and interviewed Yogan, who told them he had already sold the car involved in the crash.

Police did not believe the story and Yogan was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

However, while awaiting trial, he was granted bail by a crown court judge and absconded - sparking an international search.

He handed himself in to British police more than a year after he fled.

Family 'disappointed'

On Friday, Ms Peaty's family spoke of their shock as Yogan was jailed for two years and nine months.

Speaking outside Oxford Crown Court, her partner Jason Leach said: "Although I understand that in law this is a fair judgment, in reality we are extremely disappointed."

Sentencing Judge Corrie said there were no aggravating features in the case because Yogan had not been speeding, drinking or taking drugs, the car was insured and he had a full licence.

But he said the accident had devastated Miss Peaty's family.

"This was a single act of driving, it betrayed a lack of skill and was erratic," he said.




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