Manea man sentenced to four years in prison for road deaths

A man who caused the deaths of two men in a collision in March has been jailed for four years.

A Vauxhall Astra being driven by Bill Bishop (19), of Station Road, Manea, struck two pedestrians who were walking in Wimblington Road at 3.25am on December 11, 2011.

The victims, Dominic James Iliffe (24), of Boadicea Court, Chatteris, and James Kiely (27), of Drew Road, Silvertown, London, had been walking in the carriageway towards the A141.

Both men had been drinking in March that night and it is not known why they were in the carriageway.

At his trial, which began on January 14 at Peterborough Crown Court, witnesses gave evidence of Bishop’s careless driving in March town earlier in the evening.

Expert evidence was provided by PC Tim Kirkby who concluded that the speed at which Bishop drove towards the scene in the conditions was inappropriate.

Last Thursday (January 17), the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on two counts of causing death by careless driving and today (January 24) he was sentenced to two years on each count, to run consecutively.

He was also disqualified from driving for seven years.

Sergeant Liz Groom said: “We do not know why the two victims were walking in the carriageway at the time they were struck, but our investigation discovered Bishop had been driving far too fast in the dark and wet conditions.”

A statement released by the victims’ families said: “We are pleased with today’s result but no sentence will ever bring them back.

“The actions of Bill Bishop are something he will have to live with for the rest of his life and we hope this will act as a reminder to others to drive in a safe and appropriate way.”