Woman who used two mobile phones jailed for Wisbech death crash
- 31 July 2014
- From the section England
A driver who killed a man soon after using two phones to send texts and make calls has been jailed for six years.
Sukhdeep Singh Johal, 27, of Leicester, died on the A47 near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire on 15 March last year.
Marina Usaceva, 31, of Peterborough, ploughed her Jaguar into the back of Mr Johal's Peugeot.
Peterborough Crown Court heard she denied she had been using a mobile phone when questioned at the scene but inquiries revealed this was not true.
In fact, Usaceva, of Padholme Road, had sent and received texts and calls on two separate mobiles in the 20 minutes before the crash, which happened at about 16:30 GMT.
'Plague on society'
Prosecuting, Georgina Gibbs told the court: "When she was told that two mobile phones had been found to be used on this occasion, she continued to deny it."
Usaceva had been caught using her phone behind the wheel on two previous occasions and her licence was endorsed in 2009 and 2012, the court heard.
Mitigating for her, Ian Brownhill said: "There is a gap of six minutes - I would say clear water - between using the phones and the accident itself."
He also told the court Usaceva was the sole carer of her eight-year-old son, and called for the judge to consider the child's welfare.
Sentencing Usaceva, Judge Sean Enright said: "If you were not sending texts at the time, then you were fiddling with your phone and that is what caused this collision.
"In my opinion there is not a scrap of remorse.
"Mobile phone use while driving is a plague on our society," he added.
Usaceva, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving at a previous hearing, was also banned from driving for eight years.