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Driver jailed over death of woman in Powys road crash

Mold Crown Court
Image caption David Shayler was sentenced at Mold Crown Court

A man has been jailed for two years for causing the death by dangerous driving of a woman as she rode her motorcycle to work.

Julia Wiles, 46 was involved in the fatal collision close to her home, near Welshpool, last December.

Driver David Shayler, 55, from Halesowen in the West Midlands, admitted the charge at Mold Crown Court.

Her family said they were "speechless and disgusted" by the sentence.

Shayler was also banned from driving for three years.

He was driving his Renault Laguna car on the A458 in freezing conditions when the incident happened at Llanfair Caereinion on 18 December last year, the court was told.

'Significant risk'

The hearing heard that Ms Wiles came around a bend on her motorcycle to be confronted by his car overtaking on a blind bend.

She died of multiple injuries at the scene.

In a statement, the family said they were "speechless and disgusted" by the sentence.

They added that current sentencing guidelines for death by dangerous driving did not mirror the loss families experienced in such tragedies, and the guidelines should be looked at.

The court heard how Ms Wiles, of Llanerfyl, near Welshpool, had left her home to travel to work at WH Smith in Welshpool when the crash happened. Shayler escaped with minor injuries.

The court heard that Shayler had told police he was not familiar with the road and was using his satellite navigation system.

John Philpotts, defending, said Shayler, a former Royal Marine, was a man of good character and he was full of genuine remorse.

Judge Niclas Parry said: "Your manoeuvre put everyone present at risk. Witnesses describe it as impatient, and all say that they would never have attempted such a manoeuvre.

"It was driving that created a significant risk of danger."

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