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Racers jailed over rider's death
Two men who caused the death of a moped rider while racing each other at speeds of up to 100mph, have been jailed.

Steven Hoggett, 19, and Csaba Nemeth, 22, were racing home after work, when Hoggett's car clipped Derek Miller's moped, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Mr Miller, 59, from Sunderland, was thrown from his machine during the April 2003 incident.

The victim's widow hit out at the sentences, saying both men should have been jailed for longer.

Hoggett, of Hawkins Road, Murton, County Durham, had admitted causing death by dangerous driving, but both he and Nemeth, of Rosedale Street, Sunderland, had denied causing death by dangerous driving by racing.

Both banned

The court was told the pair were travelling at around 100mph and were just seconds apart in the moments before the collision.

Nemeth's Toyota Corolla managed to swerve round Mr Miller's moped, but Hoggett's Citroen Saxo ploughed into the back of it.

After being convicted by a jury they were both sentenced to three years and nine months in prison and both banned for four years.

Judge Tony Lancaster told the two: "I am aware of the views of Mr Miller's family.

"Their feelings for a severe sentence are understandable, borne out of anguish, but human life cannot be restored by the length of a prison sentence.

"The jury found you had been racing with each other.

'Life sentence'

"That is a feature which makes the offence worse and makes your driving highly culpable, a feature I must reflect in the sentence I pass."

Mr Miller's wife Sylvia, 54, said after the sentence: "It's not enough.

"We would have liked a life sentence for a life.

"We knew that would never happen, but we thought six or seven years at least.

"The sentence is so disappointing for the loss of a life."




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