Cannabis-smoking killer driver walks free from court

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Pics Paul Cousans?. story Rosie Taylor?. Balbinder Dhillon of Warrington who was given a suspended sentence and community service after appearing at Warrington Crown Court re death by dangerous driving.

A husband has said he has been left 'devastated' after the driver who crashed into his wife, killing her instantly, has walked free from court.
> Balbinder Dhillon, 39, struck Donna Davies, 42, as she walked hand-in-hand with her youngest daughter.

The court ruled that Dhillon was suffering from stress at the time of the accident and instead of facing 14-years in jail for causing death by dangerous driving, he was handed 300 hours of unpaid work.

Mrs Davies' husband Paul, 44, has said he is furious with the sentencing and revealed that he thinks the British justice system 'stinks'.

He told the Daily Mail: "It's like giving him a licence to kill. I was half expecting this guy to be awarded a free ticket to Disneyland."

Mrs Davies was walking her youngest daughter home following dance practice on April 25, 2013, when the car driven at around 31 to 34mph by Dhillon veered across the road and slammed into her.

The mother-of-four managed to shove her daughter out of the way but she bore the brunt of the impact, which was enough to catapult her into a nearby garden.

GV of the scene of the crash. Paul Davies from Warrington, Cheshire lost his wife Donna when she was mown down and killed as she walked her youngest daughter home from a dance class. He has slammed the justice system after her killer Balbinder Dhillon walked free from court with just a two year suspended jail sentence. Donna was walking her 10-year-old daughter home when Dhillon veered across the road and ploughed into Mrs Davies on the pavement. Her daughter escaped uninjured when Mrs Davies threw her out of the way but she was catapulted around 10ft into the air before toppling into a nearby garden where she died instantly. It was estimated that Dhillon was travelling up to 34mph on the 30mph road on 25th April last year at around 6-45p.m. Dhillon, a former director of a landlord and letting agency, was charged with death by dangerous driving but claimed he had blacked out at the wheel after collecting his two sons from kickboxing.


Businessman Dhillon of Great Sankey, Warrington, revealed that he had smoked cannabis in the days running up to the accident and had taken sleeping tablets to help relieve symptoms of stress caused by his wife's depression and his father's terminal illness.

He told the court that he had 'blacked out' while behind the wheel of his Audi A4 in the moments leading up to the accident.

Mr Davies commented on the sentencing, telling the Warrington Guardian: "It's a miscarriage of justice and a travesty. Not so long ago, when they had the London riots, somebody put a comment on Facebook and they got sent down for four years.

"But then somebody can take a life and get a suspended sentence. Where's the logic?

"I thought he would get at least four years. I thought I was going to get closure of sorts on Friday but I never expected this.

Family collect of Donna and Paul at a party a few years ago. Paul Davies from Warrington, Cheshire lost his wife Donna when she was mown down and killed as she walked her youngest daughter home from a dance class. He has slammed the justice system after her killer Balbinder Dhillon walked free from court with just a two year suspended jail sentence. Donna was walking her 10-year-old daughter home when Dhillon veered across the road and ploughed into Mrs Davies on the pavement. Her daughter escaped uninjured when Mrs Davies threw her out of the way but she was catapulted around 10ft into the air before toppling into a nearby garden where she died instantly. It was estimated that Dhillon was travelling up to 34mph on the 30mph road on 25th April last year at around 6-45p.m. Dhillon, a former director of a landlord and letting agency, was charged with death by dangerous driving but claimed he had blacked out at the wheel after collecting his two sons from kickboxing. *** Local Caption *** Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied.  The publication of images is solely at your discretion.



"A lot of people are in a lot of shock and are angry with the justice system."

As well as 300 hours of unpaid work, the defendant was handed a two-year suspended jail term and disqualified from driving for five years by Judge Nicholas Woodward at Warrington Crown Court.

Mr Davies has said he is due to meet with officers at the CPS to discuss appealing the sentence in the coming weeks.

"It's like I'm on a roundabout and I'm trying to get off but everything just keeps on spiralling out of control," said Paul.

"It's like an uphill battle but I don't care how long it takes. I am ready to fight because I want justice for Donna."