Guernsey

Guernsey Albert Pier crash driver Ian Wainwright banned

The Guernsey driver who injured a man and a two-year-old boy in a crash has been fined and banned from driving.

Ian Wainwright, 63, of Grandes Rocques Road in the Castel, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at the Albert Pier, in July.

At Guernsey Magistrates' Court, he was fined £1,000 and banned from driving for nine months.

Mark Campbell, 30, had to have his leg amputated because of injuries he suffered in the collision.

Two-year-old Aiden Mroch suffered internal injuries to his right leg and both were flown to UK hospitals for treatment.

'Sense of responsibility'

The pair were injured as they crouched to look at yachts in Victoria Marina as Mr Wainwright was parking his automatic Audi A3.

Wainwright had noticed he was not within parking space lines and attempted to move his car forward by rolling the vehicle in neutral, but accidentally moved the car's gear in to drive and pressed on the accelerator.

The court heard the vehicle then accelerated to about 14mph and moved forward pinning the pair against the harbour railings for about 10 seconds before Mr Wainwright put the car into reverse.

His advocate Rachel Eeles said because of shock, he had no memory of the incident before he reversed his car.

She told the court Wainwright had "a heavy sense of responsibility for his actions and that words could not explain the levels of remorse and grief he felt after the incident".

Judge Graeme McKerrell said he understood the immense guilt of the defendant and took in to consideration the effect a driving ban would have on his life as he has ME [Myalgic encephalomyelitis] and finds it difficult to walk long distances.

However, he said the offence was due to "a lack of concentration" and he had to factor in the "terrible consequences".

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