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Uninsured killer drug driver given 5 years for cyclist death

Cyclist victim as driver sped up to try and get away from police officers

A driver from Gloucestershire who admitted killing a cyclist after speeding up to try and get away from police officers who were following him because he had no insurance has been jailed for five years.

Joseph Marchant was killed on 27 October last year in Bisley Road, Stroud, with his bike dragged under the Saab car driven by Daryl Ackland.

Ackland, of Target Close, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and having no insurance.

Police arrested Ackland, 36, from Stroud, following a search which also involved dog handlers. Three other people were also arrested but were subsequently released without charge.

Appearing at Gloucester Crown Court via videolink from Hewell Prison near Redditch, Ackland pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Marchant by dangerous driving, and also admitted driving without insurance.

Officers had begun to follow him because they believed he was uninsured, and recorded dashcam footage of his driving, but not the fatal crash itself.

He was on bail at the time for earlier offences of driving under the influence of illegal drugs and possessing heroin.

Judge Jamie Tabor at Gloucester Crown Court described Mr Marchant as an "exceptional man" who lived by the motto "do ordinary things extraordinarily well”.

He said: "You killed him quite accidentally but through sheer recklessness. It was due to your own selfishness, pursuing your own lifestyle addicted to drugs and not caring at all for your fellow human being,” the BBC reported.

Mr Marchant's son, Bodie Klein, described his father as an "accomplished artist" and losing him was "tragic".

Ackland was jailed for five years and four months and banned from driving for six years.



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