Monday, 9 November 2009

The curious case of Alan Duffus

True to its long tradition of misinforming the public, BBC News informs us that

Mr Duffus was convicted of the lesser charge of driving dangerously

What the BBC account doesn’t reveal is that this is the third time that Duffus has been involved in killing another road user.

The jury was not told of his appalling record, and as this wealthy killer’s barrister remarked

Peter Gray QC, for Duffus, pointed out his client had been convicted of a substantially-reduced charge.

Will Duffus be allowed back on the roads? If he had been disqualified for life after the first time he killed someone, two other road users would still be alive who are now dead. But I’m not holding my breath. Involvement in three separate crashes which killed people may well not be enough to interfere with that most basic human right of the civilised world, the right to drive.