Jaynesh Chudasama, who ploughed into and killed instantly Harry Louis Rice, 17, George Toby Wilkinson, 16, and Josh McGuinness, 16 on Shepiston Lane in Hayes on January 28, had his sentence reduced on Friday by 2.5 years from the 13 years originally imposed to 10.5 years.
The judge presiding over the appeal blamed a “error” made by the judge in the original hearing in the sentencing discount Chudasama received for entering a guilty plea. He said it was calculated incorrectly as it was based on a maximum sentence of potentially 20 years for the crime of causing death by dangerous driving which is what Chudasama was convicted of rather than the actual maximum which is 14 years.
Campaigners, led by the parents of the boy, however maintain that Chudasama was convicted on the wrong charge and that he murdered all three boys in a premeditated attack. On Friday, proceedings were moved from one court to another without friends and family being told. Tracy Blackwell, the mother of Josh McGuinness, described the decision as “hurtful, painful, and dam right shameful” on Facebook.
Meanwhile, a poll in the local paper found 85% of respondents supported the call for Chudasama to be given a harsher sentence.
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