Editor's comment: New law used for Bristol "flip flop" court case
NAVLET Anderson begins a three-year jail sentence today having acquired the notoriety of being one of the first people in the United Kingdom to be convicted of a new crime.
A jury found her guilty of "causing serious injury by dangerous driving" – a new law.
The case was extraordinary.
Anderson blamed the flip-flops she was wearing for being the primary cause for her smashing a car into a Bristol kebab shop.
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During the course of this incident she actually managed to run over a friend, causing him serious multiple injuries.
Now Bristol Crown Court has invoked the new act to lock her up for three years, along with a five-year driving ban.
The new offence was brought in to try and bridge the gap between dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
It is used where someone has suffered serious injury and a simple dangerous driving charge is deemed insufficient.
A jury found that Anderson' action did, indeed, justify conviction under the new law.
As Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC stressed, when sentencing her, she was driving in anger.
And in so doing had given no regard as to who might have been in her way when she smashed into the shop.