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Death driver sentence 'a mockery'

13 March 2015

Last updated at 13:02

A Russian man has described a community sentence given to a lorry driver who caused the death of his son in Glasgow as "a mockery of justice".

Anton Dementyev, 19, died after Andrew Wilson's lorry went through a red light and hit a taxi in Argyle Street.

Wilson, 55, from Ripon in Yorkshire, admitted causing his death by careless driving on 8 May 2013. He was told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Dementyev's father Vladimir said the sentence was "not justice".

Mr Dementeyv, who travelled from Russia to be at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sentencing, said: "It's a kind of mockery of justice.

'Daily suffering'

"It's not justice. We lost our son, he was our life, we are suffering every day."

At a previous hearing, Wilson also admitted causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement to the other occupants of the taxi - driver William Tombe and students Juan Doval, from Madrid, Camillo Herrara, from Colombia, and Daulet Abalov, from Kazakhstan.

The court heard that Wilson had gone through a red light on Argyle Street, at the junction with the M8, and collided with the Skoda taxi at about 23:20.

The lorry, which had been travelling at 34mph in a 30mph zone, pushed the taxi into a Kingston Bridge support pillar.

Mr Dementyev had been on his way to a nightclub to celebrate the end of his university exams.

Following the crash he was taken to hospital with a severe head and neck injury but died the following day.

The court heard that Mr Dementyev was in the middle seat in the back of the taxi. None of those in the back were wearing seatbelts, but a pathologist later confirmed that a seatbelt would not have saved Mr Dementyev.

When police arrived at the scene, Wilson told them: "I didn't see the second set of lights."

Survivors injuries

Mr Tombe had a fractured left cheek bone and cuts to his left ear and eye which were stitched. He suffered brain injuries and has been diagnosed with epilepsy and cervical spine damage as well as post traumatic amnesia and post traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Herrara suffered swelling, grazes and bruising to his face and head and a cut above his left eyebrow.

Mr Abalov had a fracture to his pelvis, groin and chest injuries and a fracture to the left temporal bone in his skull.

Mr Doval broke his right leg and left wrist and suffered a fracture to left of his skull as well as multiple pelvic fractures and bruising to his lungs. He had glass embedded in his forehead and a cut to the right side of it.

All will have permanent scars as a result of the incident.

Following his earlier guilty plea, Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell handed Wilson a community payback order with the conditions he must carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and he will be disqualified from driving for 19 months.

Passing sentence he told Wilson: "Anton Dementyev was a much loved and popular young man, who had the prospect of a happy and successful future ahead of him.

"He had set out to achieve his goals to be a success for his family and his girlfriend. He made them proud. They will continue to mourn but they will never forget."

Speaking about the three surviving friends of Mr Dementyev, the sheriff said: "The life of each of these young men has been detrimentally affected with far reaching adverse consequences for each of them and their families."

He added: "Whilst I accept that your speed was not a contributing factor, I am not prepared to ignore it in determining whether your inattention was momentary.

"Your careless driving arose from inattention which was more than momentary."

Speaking after sentencing, Mr Abolov, who survived the crash, expressed his unhappiness.

He said: "It's too light a sentence. It wasn't just a car accident, we lost Anton.

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