Hit-and-run Mercedes driver, 28, who killed 22-year-old graduate as she crossed road while he was speeding at 52mph in a 30 zone is jailed for three years – after claiming ‘I’m no monster’
- Tshan Henry, 28, collided with Yolanda Moore, 22, as she crossed a road last year
- She was on her way home from a night out when she was killed near Tube station
- He admitted death by dangerous driving in court and said he attempted suicide
- Comes as ministers consider imposing life-terms for dangerous driving offences
Tshan Henry, 28 (mugshot), has been jailed for three years after causing death by dangerous driving in south London in August last year
A speeding Mercedes driver who killed a university graduate as she crossed the road after a night out has been jailed for three years.
Tshan Henry, 28, ploughed into Yolanda Moore, 22, near Stockwell Tube station in south London on August 5 last year.
Henry was travelling at 52mph in a 30mph zone in a Mercedes C-Class he had hired when he hit the young King’s College graduate.
Inner London Crown Court heard he was going at ‘motorway speed’ before he was sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving today.
His trial also heard how he had tried to kill himself after Miss Moore’s death and had written a letter saying: ‘I’m not a monster…If I had known this girl would have bolted into the road I would never have left my house.’
His three year term, accompanied by a five-and-a-half-year driving ban, comes as Government ministers consider imposing life sentences on defendants guilty of death by dangerous driving offences.
Jailing Henry, Judge Jeremy Donne, QC, said: ‘Yolanda was clearly a much-loved young woman with great promise.
‘I hope that the memory of what she achieved in her short but vibrant life will bring some comfort in the times ahead.
‘Apart from the obvious matter of attempting to evade justice, the human consequences of his actions are demonstrated by the contents of the statement prepared by Yolanda Moore’s parents.
Yolanda Moore (pictured) was killed when Tshan Henry mowed into her with his hired Mercedes C-Class outside Stockwell Tube station in south London in August last year
Horrified bystanders look on shocked as Miss Moore is seen out in the road with the Mercedes driving towards her at terrifying speed
Onlookers sprint to Miss Moore’s side outside Stockwell Underground Station after the Mercedes sent her flying through the air
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‘No parent, myself included, could fail to be moved by their utter distress at the tragic loss of such a vibrant and talented young life, caused by the senseless actions of a driver who chose to ignore the law.
‘I accept that the defendant’s partner and mother of his children will suffer hardship whilst he is in prison, but that is, I am afraid, so often the consequence of serious offending.’
Yolanda, 22 (pictured in a photo from an undated ski trip) had recently returned from a year working in Australia and New Zealand
Henry was arrested 10 days after the deadly smash, when he was found with a letter he wrote about the incident.
It read: ‘I’m not a monster, I’m not callous. If I had known this girl would have bolted into the road I would have never left my house.
‘The pain is unbearable. I beg and plead with you to understand that I am sorry from the bottom of my heart.’
Christopher Foulkes, prosecuting, said Ms Moore was making her way home after an evening out with friends.
‘She crossed the road meaning to go to the Costcutter supermarket next to Stockwell station.
‘As she crossed, one of her friends heard the brakes of the car before it hit her with a bang.’
Mr Foulkes said two eye witnesses believed Henry was travelling at ‘motorway speed’ and saw Ms Moore ‘catapulted into the air’ as she was hit.
CCTV images taken from the supermarket showed bystanders recoiling in horror as others rushed to give Miss Moore first aid.
Members of the London Ambulance Service later tried to resuscitate her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The court was told Miss Moore had started running when she noticed the speed of the Mercedes.
The English student (pictured) was the president of the King’s College snow sports club during her university tenure and spent time working with Skiiwear brand AfterJam
‘Having been made aware of the speed of the defendant’s vehicle she ran across the road to avoid it,’ Mr Foulkes said.
But even at high speed, ‘he had ample time to stop without hard braking.
‘If the defendant was travelling at the appropriate speed, Ms Moore would have had enough time to walk across the road safely.
‘The collision was unavoidable but it was only unavoidable because he was going too fast.’
The damaged blue Mercedes, hired on August 3 from a company in Guildford, was later found by police in a residential street over a mile away from Stockwell station.
Miss Moore, originally from Poole (pictured in a photo from an undated ski trip) graduated in 2017 before working abroad as a nanny in Australia and an instructor of her beloved sport, skiing
A graduate of English at King’s College London, Miss Moore was described as a snow sports enthusiast and was known to her friends as ‘Landy’.
She had recently returned to the UK after more than a year working in Australia and New Zealand.
What are the sentencing guidelines for death by dangerous driving in the UK?
There are four death by dangerous driving offences in the UK, they are: death by dangerous driving; death by dangerous driving when under the influence of drink or drugs; death by dangerous driving without a licence, insurance or while disqualified; and death by dangerous driving by careless and inconsiderate driving.
The drink and drugs offence carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.
The inconsiderate or careless driving offence has one of five years.
The without a licence/insurance or while disqualified offence has a maximum penalty of two years.
Sentences are reduced by a third if the defendant pleads guilty, but this will depend on how early the plea comes in legal proceedings.
The law states defendants must serve at least half of their sentence in prison and the rest on licence.
They will automatically be banned from driving and some may be forced to take their test again.
Source: Sentencing Council
Miss Moore, originally from Poole, graduated in 2017 before working abroad as a nanny in Australia and an instructor of her beloved sport, skiing.
The English student, who graduated with a 2:1 was the president of the King’s College snow sports club during her university tenure and spent time working with Skiiwear brand AfterJam.
In a post on AfterJam’s Facebook page Yolanda was described as an original of the team.
It read: ‘This post comes with a seriously heavy heart. The beauty that is Yolanda Moore tragically passed away in a road accident.’
A post from friend, Molly Trimble called her ‘my big sister’ and added: ‘You are one of the truest friends I will ever come across.
‘You simply made the bad times good and the good times better. Completely devastated, we have all lost a legend.’
Yolanda Moore’s father Wayne Moore, former operations director of luxury yacht company Sunseeker International, said his daughter had planned to work with children with special needs in the future.
Mr Moore said in a statement read to the court: ‘This remarkable and exceptional young woman was adored deeply and greatly.
‘This was reflected in the more than 400 people who attended her funeral.
‘The family’s dreams of seeing their daughter grow have been destroyed.’
Explaining why Henry did not hand himself in to police immediately Nina Crinnion, defending, said: ‘I think it is very difficult for anyone who has not been in this situation to understand the shock of the incident. He is haunted by images of Ms Moore’s face.’
Dangerous or careless drivers who kill could face LIFE in jail under tough new laws as grieving families demand justice after ‘pathetic’ sentences
By Danyal Hussain for MailOnline
Dangerous drivers could now face life in jail under tough new laws that are being considered by the government following outrage from families at ‘pathetic’ sentences for killer motorists.
Robert Buckland, QC, the solicitor-general, said that the sentences would apply to people who caused death by dangerous or careless driving, while a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving would also come into law.
He added that the government wants to toughen laws, with ministers saying that drivers who cause death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone could face sentences similar to those given out for manslaughter.
The maximum sentence would also be raised from 14 years to potentially life.
The latest news comes as angry families slammed ‘pathetic’ sentences for dangerous drivers that killed their families.
Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman branded the justice system farcical after his mother Carol, 75, was hit and killed by driver Liam Rosney, 33.
Rosney (left) was driving a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and had taken three calls on his mobile, which was on loudspeaker, before the crash that killed the mother of Chris Boardman (right)
Rosney was jailed for just 30 weeks and Olympian Chris believes that tougher sentences are needed for drivers who killed.
He called for careless drivers to lose their licences permanently: ‘I’m going to take away your right to drive for good. You lost that privilege. You chose to be careless.’
Rosney ran Carol over at a mini-roundabout after the grandmother had fallen from her bicycle moments before.
Rosney was driving a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and had taken three calls on his mobile, which was on loudspeaker, in the minutes before the crash in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.
Solicitor-General Buckland told the Times: ‘The government has made clear that it wishes to toughen the sentences for careless and dangerous driving so that judges have appropriate penalties.’
Chris Boardman has called for motorists who kill never to be allowed back on the roads
A Government consultation revealed that tougher sentences were supported by victims, their families and road safety experts.
However, Nick Freeman, the lawyer nicknamed ‘Mr Loophole’, said that the present laws were adequate.
Another case that caused great anger was the death of auxiliary nurse Diana Price, 58, who was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who had never had an accident in her 40 years of driving.
Gemma Evans, 23, ploughed into and killed Diane while driving her Mini in the dark at 50mph.
Gemma Evans, 23, has been released from jail after three months after causing the death of Diana Price
Diana Price’s daughter Nina, 40, (pictured with her late mother) said: ‘Three months for killing someone isn’t a deterrent. How is that any justice for our family?’
Evans initially lied about using her phone behind the wheel but police found monkey, heart and thumbs up emojis on messages sent and received by her mobile phone.
She was recently released from jail after just three months.
And Alexander Fitzgerald, 26, was driving his father’s Ford Fiesta when he hit Dr Jasjot Singhota, 30, in Tulse Hill, south London.
Fitzgerald was jailed for 10 months after admitting causing death by careless driving and causing death while uninsured.
Alexander Fitzgerald, 26, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to 10 months imprisonment for causing death by careless driving after hitting and killing Dr Jasjot Singhota (right)
Kathryn Forman, 19, meanwhile, managed to avoid jail after she hit and killed Dorothy Cruickshank, 66.
Relatives of the victim said that they had been let down by the justice system following the ruling.
Mrs Cruickshank suffered a broken pelvis, legs and ribs and died from multi-organ failure 10 days later.
Forman was distracted and killed the retired teacher after she flicked a cigarette from her car window.
Kathryn Forman, 19 (left), managed to avoid jail after she hit and killed Dorothy Cruickshank, 66 (right)
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