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Crewkerne drink-drive death man has his ban cut

Carolyn Boylan
Image caption The collision happened on Boxing Day 2002 and Ms Boylan died the next day

A man who caused the death of a mother in 2002 has had the length of his driving ban reduced on appeal.

Paul Sparks, 34, of Chard, Somerset, got a six-year sentence for causing the death of Caroline Boylan in Crewkerne.

Sparks, who was drinking and driving, hit Ms Boylan, 28, as she lay in the road following an earlier accident, dragging her for a mile under his car.

Sparks, who has served his jail sentence, has had his driving ban cut from 10 years to just under seven.

Judge Martin Picton, who originally sentenced Sparks to seven years in prison - which was cut on appeal - reduced the driving ban after hearing that he could need a car to look for work.

In a sentence review at Taunton Crown Court, he said that Sparks, now of Exeter, was a "different person" compared to the time of the offence.

Ms Boylan, a mother-of-two, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was injured on the night of Boxing Day 2002 and died the following day.

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