Woman who caused death of Norfolk grandfather in crash loses appeal against sentence

PUBLISHED: 12:32 31 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:32 31 October 2015

Mervyn Taylor, who was killed in the crash.

Mervyn Taylor, who was killed in the crash.

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A woman who caused the death of a Norfolk grandfather in a crash in Scotland has lost her appeal against her sentence.

Mona Rahman, 60, of Greendyke Street, Glasgow, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mervyn Taylor, 56, from Clint Green, Yaxham, by careless driving.

She was sentenced last month to 250 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for three years.

Rahman appealed against the sentence and her appeal hearing was held at the High Court in Edinburgh this week before Lord Brodie and Lady Dorrian.

Rahman’s counsel argued that her sentence was excessive but the High Court ruled that it was legal.

Members of Mr Taylor’s family travelled to Edinburgh for the hearing. His daughter, Jo Green, 28, who lives in Scarning, said: “We are pleased that her appeal was turned down.

“We were all shocked that she had appealed against her sentence in the first place.

“We were upset to have to sit through another court case.

“Now we feel now we can finally start to move on and she will have to accept her punishment.”

An earlier hearing was told Mr Taylor died instantly after Rahman pulled out straight into his path when he was riding his motorcycle on the A9 near Blair Atholl on Easter Monday, 2014.

Rahman, an art and design technician at Glasgow University, was driving a Jeep Compass.

Mr Taylor, a carpenter, was riding home from a family christening in northern Scotland and had travelled separately from his wife and daughter because he was a keen biker and wanted to use his motorcycle. Rahman failed to see Mr Taylor’s motorbike leading a line of traffic and he died instantly when she pulled out and hit him.

She had come out of the House of Bruar shopping complex, in Perthshire, and was trying to turn right to rejoin the northbound A9 when she drove into the path of Mr Taylor’s motorbike.

Mr Taylor’s death is the second road tragedy the family has suffered.

His eldest daughter, Kathy, was killed just days before her 19th birthday in 2001, when she was travelling as a passenger in a car driven by a drink-driver.

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