Dokko Posted February 16, 2009 Share Posted February 16, 2009 A Portuguese lorry driver has been sentenced to three years in jail for causing the deaths of a family of six in a crash on the M6. Paulo Jorge Nogueira da Silva killed the Statham family, of Llandudno, when his 40-ton Daf lorry ploughed into their car and pushed it under a Volvo lorry. David and Michelle Statham died instantly along with their sons Reece, 13, Jay, nine, and Mason, 20 months, and 10-week-old baby daughter Ellouise. They were returning home after visiting relatives in Birmingham when their people carrier was involved in the pile-up near Sandbach, Cheshire, on October 20 last year. Portuguese lorry driver Paulo Jorge Nogueira da Silva Da Silva at court Da Silva, 46, of Murcia, in Spain, was convicted at Chester Crown Court of six counts of causing death by careless driving. Trial judge Mr Justice Irwin jailed him for three years on each count, to run concurrently, and told him he would serve 18 months in custody before being allowed out on licence. He added: "This was one of the most serious offences of its kind." Da Silva had failed to pay proper attention to the road for around a minute before hitting the Stathams' car, chief crown prosecutor Ian Rushton said. Cheshire Police said he was using a laptop in the cab of his vehicle, possibly to plan his route. The evidence showed that the Stathams' car was crushed between a large lorry, which had been queuing in a long tailback due to an earlier accident, and da Silva's lorry. "Da Silva admitted in court that he had seen the electronic signs warning that the M6 was closed ahead and that queues were likely," Mr Rushton said. "He said that he reduced his speed but could not explain how the collision happened." Da Silva was also disqualified from driving for three years. His defence had claimed the family may already have been dead as a result of Mrs Statham driving her Toyota into the Volvo moments before it was struck by the Daf lorry. 6 lives, three years...disgusting. Hope he gets true justice in jail. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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