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Man jailed for cousin crash death
Mold Crown Court
Mold Crown Court heard a "fatal misjudgement" was made
A man has been given 12 months in jail for killing his cousin in a car crash, despite a plea from the dead teenager's family he should be spared prison.

David Wynne Jones, 22, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, was at the wheel when Ian Wynne Jones, 16, died in an accident in May 2006.

David Jones admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Mold Crown Court.

Ian Wynne Jones' parents had asked through the prosecution that their nephew should be spared jail.

'Dangerous manoeuvre'

Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court the accident happened on the afternoon of Friday, 12 May last year.

The accident on the road between Maentwrog and Blaenau Ffestiniog was caused, he said, because of a "dangerous manoeuvre" by the defendant who had committed himself to overtake too early.

Ian Wynne Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and the defendant was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A witness to the crash, Steven Handforth a forester, said he was driving at about 30mph before the accident and the collision had happened "within a blink of the eye".

Philip Astbury, defending, told the court David Wynne Jones suffered every day because of what had happened, and the loss of his friend and cousin.

"Whatever happens today, it is a shadow that will remain with him for life," he added.

The parents remained close and the defendant knew he had issues that he had to tackle and he had resolved himself to tackle those issues in the future, he said.

'Face the future'

Sentencing Jones, Judge Michael Farmer QC told him: "I know that my sentence will not bring your cousin back.

"I know that my sentence will not perhaps satisfy some who regard offences of this sort as among the most serious.

"But I am bound in two ways. First of all, I have to impose the sentence because of the sentencing authorities which say that is the proper course.

"Whether I agree with it personally or not is irrelevant. That is what the law says."

The judge added: "It may help your family, and it may help you, to know that you are serving a punishment, which the public demands through the courts.

"When you have served that punishment, you will be released and it may be that is the time when you and your family, on both sides, can take up life again and face the future together."

In addition to the 12 months in prison David Jones was banned from driving for five years.


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