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Plymouth driver spared prison over grandmother death

Plymouth Crown Court
Image caption Plymouth Crown Court handed Daniel Roberts a suspended nine month prison sentence.

A man who admitted knocking down and killing a grandmother has been spared prison.

Daniel Roberts, 23, from Plymouth, was speeding and playing music at an "excessively loud level" when he hit 58-year-old Linda Donohue.

The crash happened on the A386 near Yelverton in November 2014.

Roberts pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving last month. He was given a sentence of nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He has also been banned from driving for 18 months and subject to an extended retest, and will do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,000 costs.

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Image caption Linda Donohue was killed on the A386 near Yelverton in November 2014

Judge Ian Lawrie told him: "You have today come within a whisker of going to prison.

"You will pay a price heavier than confinement and that is your sense of guilt."

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