This week has been a difficult one for grieving relatives and friends of people killed in road accidents in Nottinghamshire.
Two separate families were at Nottingham Crown Court to hear evidence against two drivers involved in unconnected road accidents that proved fatal.
In one case drink driver Joseph Tame pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to six years in prison.
A second hearing, in the same courtroom, followed, involving the trial of trucker Keith Manning who ploughed into a van, killing driver Stephen Marshall.
He was convicted on Thursday and sentenced to three years and nine months.
Here’s a summary of these case and others we have covered.
Man jailed for six years over death crash
Drink driver Joseph Tame was jailed for six years for causing the death by dangerous driving of another driver.
He killed 21-year-old Frank Martell, of Newark, in the accident in Staple Lane, Balderton, on April 14 last year.
He pleaded guilty to causing Frank’s death by dangerous driving, receiving an eight-year driving ban from Judge Stuart Rafferty QC.
Tame, 23, of Walnut Paddock, Melton Mowbray, had enough alcohol in his blood to be two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.
At the point of impact his vehicle was almost entirely in Mr Martell’s lane after taking a left hand bend very wide, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
After the case, Mr Martell’s mum Kathryn Martell, girlfriend Hannah Goodrum and his grandmother Pat Gregg spoke of their heartbreak.
Trucker sent to prison after death crash
A trucker was jailed and banned from the roads after causing a crash in which a man died.
Keith Manning, 36, of Devon Road, Newark, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial.
At Nottingham Crown Court, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison and banned from driving for three years and nine months.
His trial heard he had been operating two phones at the same time and slightly lost control twice before an accident with a van.
The incident was on the A617 Wheatgrass Hill, Hockerton, near Southwell, on December 12, 2016.
Jurors saw shocking dash cam footage of the Mercedes large goods vehicle Manning had been driving at the moment of the collision with van driver Stephen Marshall who died.
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Manning pleaded not guilty. In a prepared statement to police he said at the time of the incident he was fully focused on driving and was not distracted in anyway or using the radio or mobile phone or any other device.
Two muggers who went on a shopping spree with stolen card
Ctiy robbers Justin Davis and Karl Pine spent nearly £50 in just one hour at Tesco, McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s and Greggs.
Nottingham Crown Court heard the pair pleaded guilty to robbing a stranger of the card, which belonged to the victim’s mother, and fraud by false representation.
The frightening incident happened on the roof of Fletcher Gate car park in Nottingham.
The man’s passport, bank cards and Samsung Galaxy phone were taken.
Davis, 24, of Carlton Hill, Carlton, and Pine, 26, of Redcliffe Road, Mapperley Park, will be sentenced on June 29.
Convicted murderer attacked two prison officers
Inmate Sami Salama attacked two prison officers at Lowdham Grange prison with a sink blocker.
He was convicted at the Old Bailey in 2009 of murder, and given a life sentence with a minimum tariff to serve of 27 years.
The 46-year-old was serving his time at Category B Lowdham when he attacked his victims after he lost a job he had there.
Salama, whose current address is at Lowdham, was sentenced to 12 months.
He had entered guilty pleas via prison video link to two charges of assault, causing bodily harm, and possessing an offensive weapon – the sink blocker.
Man who assaulted his mum and took her bank card
Heroin addict Lee Simpson knocked over his mother as he stole her purse and took her bank card in Bulwell, a court heard.
The woman fell on one knee as her son threw her purse down and ran off with the card. He later withdrew £120 from her account.
At Nottingham Crown Court, he was jailed for a total of 12 months – but has effectively already served his sentence after spending nearly a year on remand – the equivalent of a 22-month term.
Simpson, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty over a video link to the assault, receiving five months, and fraud by false representation, receiving seven months consecutively.
Supermarket worker banned from driving after helping girlfriend
Motorist Ryan Altman was banned from the roads for nipping out to help his girlfriend after a crash.
The supermarket worker failed a breath test when police found he was “very talkative,” Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard.
Altman, 30, of Greendale Gardens, Nottingham, said he had been drinking at home when his girlfriend phoned to say she had been involved in a road accident.
He admitted driving with 44 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, nine over the legal limit.
A one-year driving ban was ordered for Altman. He was fined £250 with £85 prosecution costs and £30 government tax.
Drink driver in court
A family man was told he could have brought death to the city’s roads by driving while ‘unbelievably drunk’.
The message was issued to bakery worker Eliezer Antonia, who was nearly four times the legal alcohol limit when his car clipped a parked vehicle.
He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he was given a 32-month driving ban and must carry out 200 hours of community work. A 26-week prison term, suspended for two years, was also imposed.
Deputy District Judge Steven Jonas told him: “You were driving a weapon whilst unbelievably drunk and driving very, very badly.
“You were so drunk you did not even realise you collided with another vehicle. Luckily it was only a car and not a person”.
“You could have hit anything, killed anybody and probably would not have known about it. You are a lucky man not to be going down the steps today, you really are.”
Robert Carr, prosecuting, said a police officer heard a loud noise and began to follow a Vauxhall car driven by Antonia, 42, of Willow Hill Close, Bulwell.
When stopped, he was unaware that he had hit the other vehicle and was detained after failing a breath test.
He pleaded guilty to driving with 135 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 100 over the legal limit, on Vincent Gardens, Radford, on May 26.
The shoplifter who stole a remote control helicopter
Shoplifter Jason Teer clocked up his 213th offence when he took a remote control helicopter from a city store.
Teer, 44, was given a two-month jail term, suspended for a year.
Presiding magistrate Sarah Walsh, who sat with two colleagues, told him: “Really, staying out of prison is all up to you. Please continue to accept all the support offered. Hopefully the next 12 months will all be positive for you.”
Teer, of Blue Bell Hill Road, Nottingham, admitted theft of the £25 kit from Menkind on March 23.
And he was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and another £85 in government tax.
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