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PC who stopped to help a stranded woman on a motorway killed

Post: # 73632Post falkor
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:23 pm

Published on Saturday 2 June 2012 12:00 Wakefield News
A LORRY driver has been charged with causing the death of a police officer who stopped to help a stranded woman on a motorway.

PC Mark Goodlad, 41, was killed on the M1 motorway near to Crigglestone on October 24 last year.

The traffic officer had gone to help the woman driver on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway.

On Wednesday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Andrew Abernethy had been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Jane Cryer, district crown prosecutor with CPS West Yorkshire, said: “Following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police, our lawyers have decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute this offence.”

Abernethy, 44, is from the Oldham area.

He was arrested shortly after the incident and released on bail.

He is expected to appear before Wakefield Magistrates’ Court later this month.

PC Goodlad was married to Helen and dad to Ben, had been with the police force for 10 years.

He had worked in Wakefield before taking up his role with the motorway police unit.

He was also a trained family liaison officer, who offered help and support to grieving families.

An inquest, in November, heard that an articulated lorry collided with PC Goodlad, his car and the woman’s car.

A postmortem examination gave an initial cause of death as multiple injuries.

At the time, coroner’s officer Jayne Melrose said: “Valiant efforts were made to save his life but it was with great sadness that despite those efforts, PC Goodlad paid the ultimate sacrifice during the line of duty.”

The 51-year-old woman PC Goodlad was trying to help sustained injuries in the incident, but she survived.

The city came to standstill last November when PC Goodlad’s funeral took place at Wakefield Cathedral.

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Post: # 73633Post Race Track
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:00 pm

over 7 months for a charging decision on DD?

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Post: # 73637Post delta sierra
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:50 pm

Race Track wrote:over 7 months for a charging decision on DD?
There has probably been a lot of evidence-gathering and going over the case with a fine-tooth comb to eliminate any possible loophole to guarantee they get a positive result as it is "one of their own".

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Post: # 73638Post Race Track
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:58 pm

If that's true, i wonder how that can justify that approach to the local police authority.

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Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:15 pm

I would think the investigation was completed quite quickly, preparing the paperwork and the journey through CPS takes sometime and last but not least getting the court time. It all adds up, a jury will be involved and the time that has elapsed helps to ensure they make their decision based on the evidence. Just a few thoughts that may or may not be fact.
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Post: # 73640Post Race Track
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:42 pm

But this is a charging decision, which does require CPS instruction, but doesn't touch the court process until after they have been charged.

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Post: # 73641Post Bob Parr
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:21 pm

It's regular sadly for a decision to charge to take this long.
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Post: # 74390Post mondeoman
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:25 pm

Lorry driver jailed for causing death of PC Goodlad. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-20442822
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Post: # 74393Post TangoOscar31
Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:01 pm

Only 2 years and 9 months? Disgusting.

Good old British "justice".

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Post: # 74401Post pongolad
Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:49 pm

Surprised that he got that long with the liberal 'elite' that are allegedly running this country :slr:

Hanging would have been too good IMHO :slre:

Justice??? In this country??? You're extracting the urine TO31 :slsic:

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Post: # 74402Post snafu
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:48 am

I have said on a number of occasions, just what would you have to do to get the maximum possible sentence for this offence.

The answer of course is to have a govt that will actually build sufficient prisons to put these people away for the terms they deserve and judiciary that will fill up the places :slr:
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Post: # 74403Post TangoOscar31
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:32 am

pongolad wrote:Surprised that he got that long
Provided he's on his best behaviour, he'll probably be out after serving only a third of his jail term! :slr:

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Post: # 74404Post TangoOscar31
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:40 am

snafu wrote:I have said on a number of occasions, just what would you have to do to get the maximum possible sentence for this offence.

The answer of course is to have a govt that will actually build sufficient prisons to put these people away for the terms they deserve and judiciary that will fill up the places :slr:
Looks like it was "only" a level 3 offence:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sent ... s_driving/

Could have got between 2-5 years so got a very very lenient sentence!

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Post: # 74406Post snafu
Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:54 am

TangoOscar31 wrote: Looks like it was "only" a level 3 offence:
Oh well that makes it ok then....as you say "only" :sldoh:
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