South Norwood driver Shelton Hoilett spared jail for killing mum-of-three Charmaine Duncan in Thornton Heath as she collected her children from school

Shelton Hoilett leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court in January

Shelton Hoilett leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court in January

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A driver who killed a mother-of-three on her way to collect her children from school has been spared jail.

Shelton Hoilett, 77, knocked over Charmaine Duncan, 29, in his Mercedes as she used a zebra crossing in Whitehorse Lane, Thornton Heath, on March 19 last year.

She died in hospital three days later of multiple injuries after being dragged under the car.

Miss Duncan, of Thirsk Road, South Norwood, had been walking to pick up her two eldest children from school.

Hoilett, of Selhurst Road, Selhurst, denied causing death by dangerous driving at Croydon Crown Court in February but changed his plea to guilty this morning, which was scheduled to be the first day of his trial.

Judge Jeremy Gould handed Hoilett a 12-week jail term, suspended for a year, banned him from driving for five years and ordered him to pay £1,500 costs.

Hoilett, who previously had an unblemished driving record, will have to sit an extended re-test if he wants to reapply for his licence when the ban expires.

 

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6:12am Wed 27 Aug 14

George White says...

Contemptuous and pathetic!

I don't give a monkey's armpit about "unblemished” licence. And I bet that's the exact term his lawyer used.

That shouldn't even be allowed to be mentioned in court.

Why is the charge not manslaughter? There should be significant jail time if you kill somebody.

"It was an accident" doesn't work in ANY other area of life past the age of five. WHY do courts still allow it?

Make no mistake KILLING PEOPLE IS ALLOWED if you use a motorized vehicle.
Contemptuous and pathetic! I don't give a monkey's armpit about "unblemished” licence. And I bet that's the exact term his lawyer used. That shouldn't even be allowed to be mentioned in court. Why is the charge not manslaughter? There should be significant jail time if you kill somebody. "It was an accident" doesn't work in ANY other area of life past the age of five. WHY do courts still allow it? Make no mistake KILLING PEOPLE IS ALLOWED if you use a motorized vehicle. George White
  • Score: 26

8:25am Wed 27 Aug 14

ScaredAmoeba says...

"Make no mistake KILLING PEOPLE IS ALLOWED if you use a motorized vehicle." This is undeniable. It is demonstrated on a daily basis in the UK Courts.
"Make no mistake KILLING PEOPLE IS ALLOWED if you use a motorized vehicle." This is undeniable. It is demonstrated on a daily basis in the UK Courts. ScaredAmoeba
  • Score: -7

4:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bobbyse25 says...

The judge was clearly thinking more about Hoilett than the victim. It seems to be an everyday occurrence in Courts and just goes to show how some judges are seriously out of touch!
The judge was clearly thinking more about Hoilett than the victim. It seems to be an everyday occurrence in Courts and just goes to show how some judges are seriously out of touch! bobbyse25
  • Score: 10

1:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

G_Whiz says...

Poor kids too - A man killed their mum and was hardly punished.

The more i see leniency, the more i see crime, greed and arrogance.
Poor kids too - A man killed their mum and was hardly punished. The more i see leniency, the more i see crime, greed and arrogance. G_Whiz
  • Score: 8
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