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Speeding motorist killed my daughter'

PUBLISHED: 10:17 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

A GRIEF-STRICKEN mother has blasted the sentence of the speeding motorist who killed her 17-year-old daughter. Sophia Edwards, a fashion and design student at North West Kent College, died from multiple wounds sustained in a crash in Eltham on New Year s

A GRIEF-STRICKEN mother has blasted the sentence of the speeding motorist who killed her 17-year-old daughter.

Sophia Edwards, a fashion and design student at North West Kent College, died from multiple wounds sustained in a crash in Eltham on New Year's Day this year.

On Friday Jamie Murphy, 22, of Blackfen Road, Sidcup, was jailed for five years and eight months at Woolwich Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

It is thought he will serve at least half the sentence after he pleading guilty.

Devastated Diana Chidley, 42, of Dean Lane, Harvel, said: "He has taken a life and will be out in less than three years. It's us who have been left with a life sentence."

The court heard how Murphy was driving his black Ford Fiesta at 72 mph through a 30 zone when he lost control and smashed into a bus shelter, a wall and a fence on Bexley Road.

A second passenger suffered minor injuries while Murphy suffered a broken collarbone and fractured vertebrae but was discharged from hospital after four days. She said: "The fact that he was stone-cold sober, it means there really was no excuse for how fast he was going. What was he doing driving like such an idiot?"

Mrs Chidley, who also has two other daughters, Georgia, 21 and Olivia, 11 as well as a son, Jak 18, was very critical of the time it took to convict Murphy.

She added: "He was so hands down guilty he should have been frog-marched to prison right then and locked up. Instead he was still out there driving like an idiot. He could have killed other people in that time."

Mrs Chidley added: "The family haven't got over it. We keep together but we don't like to let the others see we are upset.

"I have had lots of support from family and friends. I have to say I am surprised that I have never heard from him. If someone felt remorse then he could have contacted us. It wouldn't have hurt him to drop me a letter, or even a message through someone. I hope that when he grows up and has children he might wake up to what he has done."

nick.hitchens@archant.co.uk

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