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Killer boy racer wins appeal bid

PUBLISHED: 12:32 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

YOUNG LOSS: Sophia Edwards died in a car crash.

YOUNG LOSS: Sophia Edwards died in a car crash.

A MOTHER said she is gutted at a decision to almost halve the sentence of the man responsible for her daughter s death. On Tuesday, London s Criminal Appeal Court cut two years from the sentence of Jamie Murphy, who drove his car into a bus shelter on

A MOTHER said she is "gutted" at a decision to almost halve the sentence of the man responsible for her daughter's death.

On Tuesday, London's Criminal Appeal Court cut two years from the sentence of Jamie Murphy, who drove his car into a bus shelter on New Years Day 2009, killing 17-year-old passenger Sophia Edwards.

Murphy, 22, of Blackfen Road, Sidcup, was sentenced to five years, eight months in prison last November for causing the death of his friend by dangerous driving.

Her mother, Diane Chidley, of Dean Lane, Meopham, said: "I'm gutted really, I mean the sentence wasn't enough anyway considering he took her life and she was only 17.

"I have spoken to my liaison officer and she said he could now be out after Christmas on a tag and out for good by May next year. How is that long enough?"

Murphy ploughed into the bus shelter on Bexley Road, Eltham in the early hours of January 1 2009 while driving his ford fiesta at 72 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Sophia suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital while Murphy injured his collar bone and neck, and later made a full recovery.

The original term manifestly excessive. Judge David Radford, sitting with Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Jack, said Murphy had shown "genuine" remorse and Miss Edwards' death had not been an "act of malice".

He added: "Nobody can appreciate the full weight of this sorrow unless they have the misfortune to experience it. It must be said that this is a very tragic case.

"Driving at such an excessive speed has had dreadful consequences. It is not simply the tragic death of a young woman, it leaves its mark forever on her family and friends."

Mrs Chidley did not believe that Murphy was truly sorry.

"He hasn't shown remorse, he hasn't sent me a sorry card or message in all the time before the trial," she said.

"Yes he put his hand up, but then he should show respect to my daughter and serve his time, not appeal the decision at the first opportunity.

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