Driver who checked sat nav has sentence doubled
A Romanian national who killed two people after crashing into them while driving a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) has had his sentence doubled by the Court of Appeal.
Traian Soare’s original sentence was referred to the Court after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP thought it was too low.
Soare, 51, collided with the victims after checking his satellite navigation system and veering into their lane.
He originally received a sentence of two years at Canterbury Crown Court and a driving disqualification of two years and seven months. The Court of Appeal agreed that this was too lenient and increased his sentence to four years. The Court also increased the driving disqualification to four years and 11 months.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “The families of Traian Soare’s victims have been torn apart by their losses; one victim left behind two young children who will never see their father again.
“The offender’s actions have had a devastating effect on all those involved and I am pleased that the Court has agreed to extend this sentence.”
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