Throw away the key!

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  1. Drink driver's sentence cut

    A drink driver who killed six people after downing 13 pints and two alcopops has had his sentence cut by the Court of Appeal.
    When Peter Noble was sentenced to 15 years in March 2001, it was the longest sentence in British legal history for causing death by dangerous driving.

    And even after it was reduced by five years on Monday, it remains the longest jail term for a driving offence of this kind.

    Lord Justice Keene described it as a "horrendous" case and said it was "difficult realistically to imagine a worse case".

    Noble, now 41, of Thorpe Salvin, South Yorkshire, was on a eight-hour "motorised pub crawl" when the Toyota Landcruiser he was driving collided with a Daewoo car on the opposite side of the road.

    Three people, who were travelling back from a family 21st birthday in the Daewoo, were killed.

    Three passengers in the Toyota also lost their lives.

    Noble's lawyers argued during the appeal that 15 years was so "out of proportion and scale" for sentences imposed for that type of serious offence as to be "wrong in principle".

    They argued that the correct sentencing bracket was eight to nine years.

    The jury at Sheffield Crown Court last year heard how Noble had driven at speeds of up to 80mph just moments before the fatal crash.

    Three members of the Holmes family died - Roy Holmes, 79, his wife Audrey 69, and daughter-in-law, Diane, 47.

    Noble was heading for his eighth pub.

    Heather Rodgers, a relative of Diane Holmes, said after the appeal the family was "disgusted".

    "It's a travesty of justice that a repeat offender of drink driving like Peter Noble can have his sentence reduced by five years."

    She added: "The judge said there was an element of chance but those chances are much greater when you behave like this man does by drinking so much."

    She said the end of the appeal did not make it easier to draw a line under the tragedy.

    The others who died were John Heywood, 42, David Wood, 35, and father-of-three Dennis Royston, 36.
     
  2. WHAT WOULD THE THREE TRAVLING IN THE TOYOTA HAVE GOT IF THEY SURVIVED THE CRASH? NO TEARS FOR THEM. ITS JUST A SHAME THAT NOBLE SURVIVED TO BE A BURDEN ON US TAXPAYERS FOR TEN OR FIFTEEN YEARS LETS HOPE HE GETS RAPED BY MR BIG IN THE SHOWERS EVERY DAY OF HIS SENTENCE...
     
  3. Not only are we paying for his detention but we the taxpayer paid for the bast4rds legal costs to be able to reduce his sentence, why is a case allowed to go to the court of appeal when there is no doubt that the man is guilty, the sentence he was given at the time was fair and just, how does he get his sentence reduced by claiming it is not fair because no one else has even got a sentence this long!
    Surely then the appeal court should have said that this case sets a precidence and from now on all similar crimes will be judged and sentenced according to this one!!
    This man through his selfish actions has taken the lives of six people, three of them his friends, three of them strangers.
    To set out on a motorised pub crawl is premeditated, knowing full well that driving his vehicle whilst under the influence of drink he may well kill or maim somebody. So by being drunk the killings can not be called an accident so correct me if I am wrong but this man has commited MURDER, not one but six. Mass Murderers should get more than FIVE YEARS!
    May he rot in hell with only his conscience(if he has one) for company!