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Man jailed after driving into moped rider

 Published on: 1st July 2018   |   By: Ben Munster   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Watford man who caused horrific injuries when he drove his father’s BMW into a moped rider has been jailed for 13 years.

John Boyle-Matcham, 23, steered the car into Jamie Clarke and sent him flying through the air.

The victim was so badly hurt that a witness in North Approach, Watford thought his legs had been severed, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Jamie Clarke, now 21, was taken by helicopter to St George’s hospital in Tooting where he was an in-patient for two months. He had multiple bouts of surgery and spent two weeks of intensive care where he was treated for brain seizures and fractures.

He walks with a crutch and has limited movement to his right forearm and ankle and is awaiting a final prognosis.

Prosecutor Sean Sullivan said he was lucky not to have been killed or paralysed.

In the witness box, Mr Clarke told the jury there had been “bad feeling” between him and Boyle-Matcham.

Boyle-Matcham, 23, of St Albans Road, Watford, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent by a majority of 10 to two.  He had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm. He also admitted failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

He had a conviction from May 2016 for driving without due care and attention and failing to report an accident. As a juvenile he received police warnings for theft and having an offensive weapon.

Boyle-Matcham told the jury: “I just feel so sorry for Jamie for what I have put him through, for what I have put his family through, for what I have put my family through.

“It’s probably the worst mistake I have ever made in my life and I’m just sorry.”

Defending, Christopher Gillespie said: “He (Boyle-Matcham) realised instantly what he had done was terrible and wrong. It was an isolated albeit extremely serious incident.”

He said he had a good work record in the motor industry and comes from a decent hardworking family who have stood by him.

Judge Marie Catterson also banned Boyle-Matcham from driving for nine-and-a-half years and made a 10-year restraining order banning him from contacting Mr Clarke.

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