Gresham denied the charges of causing death by dangerous driving and told police he "did everything he could" to avoid the tragedy. He told officers he thought the vehicle had been well-maintained but today the judge told him he had gone "beyond complacency into arrogance". The court heard Gresham's previous convictions dating back 15 years were not relevant to the case.
The judge said “The simple fact is that your Land Rover should not have been on the road. It was... an accident waiting to happen. The vehicle was in appalling condition, its many and various defects were plain from the expert evidence given at trial. Not only would it have been blindingly obvious that driving the Land Rover in that condition would be dangerous, but you also drove it in a dangerous manner. You were driving that Land Rover too fast for that road. The inescapable fact is that the blame for this accident lies entirely with you. I have not the slightest doubt, for it is obvious, that you desperately regret what happened. The best expression of remorse would have been a plea of guilt.”
Nigel Gresham was sentenced, at Lincoln Crown Court, to two years in prison. Judge Michael Heath also disqualified him from driving for five years.