Disqualified driver who killed a young boy narrowly avoids prison

Ashley Lindo

Ashley Lindo

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

A BANNED driver who killed a young boy when he was a teenager has been back before the courts for driving while disqualified.

Ashley Lindo narrowly missed being given a custodial sentence after he was told he had an unenviable track record for driving offences.

Instead the 22-year-old, of Orwell Street, Middlesbrough, was given a community order and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance at Teesside Magistrates Court today.

In 2006, Lindo, then only 16, was sentenced to three years in a youth offenders' institute when he pleaded guilty to causing the death of Daniel Conroy Curtin by dangerous driving while in a stolen car.

After serving 18-months of his sentence he was released much to the dismay of the eight-year-old’s mother Clare Conroy.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Clare Conroy
Clare Conroy holding a photograph of her son Daniel Conroy Curtin, who was killed by Ashley Lindo, in May 2006

Today, the court heard how a police community support officer had spotted Lindo riding a Yamaha motorbike on Crescent Road, Middlesbrough, in September this year.

Tahira Bouchier, prosecuting, told the court how Lindo was sentenced to 23 months custody and given a five-year driving ban, after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and aggravated vehicle in 2009.

In mitigation, Gary Wood said his client had been out of driving trouble since his release apart from an unrelated charge.

He said: “His last driving offence dates back to February 2009, and what we are dealing with here is a case where a substantial amount of the ban has been served.”

District Judge Andrew Meachin told Lindo said he did not want to impose a custodial sentence and ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and gave him a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to pay £350 towards court costs.

The judge said: “You have an unenviable record for motoring offences.

"It is extremely long, but I’m pleased to say in the past three years you have turned yourself around and you seem to be sorting your life out. I don’t want to change that with a custodial sentence.”

His ban was not extended, but his licence will be endorsed with six penalty points when it is returned.

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7:18pm Wed 7 Nov 12

NO EINSTEIN says...

District Judge Andrew Meachin told Lindo he did not want to impose a custodial sentence and ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and gave him a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to pay £350 towards court costs.
He then said "only joking," off you go, and here's £50 out the court petty cash for a few beers.
District Judge Andrew Meachin told Lindo he did not want to impose a custodial sentence and ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and gave him a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to pay £350 towards court costs. He then said "only joking," off you go, and here's £50 out the court petty cash for a few beers. NO EINSTEIN
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7:31pm Wed 7 Nov 12

stevegg says...

Our justice system fails the law abiding public yet again putting this oxygen thiefs rights above your right to walk the streets safely. Cant even call this a joke as as a young boy paid with his life for the systems leniency! Law abiding citizens should be suing the government for ignoring their rights and aiding and abetting offenders escape true justice.
Our justice system fails the law abiding public yet again putting this oxygen thiefs rights above your right to walk the streets safely. Cant even call this a joke as as a young boy paid with his life for the systems leniency! Law abiding citizens should be suing the government for ignoring their rights and aiding and abetting offenders escape true justice. stevegg
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8:54pm Wed 7 Nov 12

BLOBBY35 says...

its time this lot at teesside court were sacked
its time this lot at teesside court were sacked BLOBBY35
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12:23am Thu 8 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

Meachin this is a poor decision. Someone's loving 8 year old son was killed by this person and he hasn't learned to drive with respect for others. Judges on Teesside should be made to live in rough parts of Middlesbrough and suffer like many good people do on a daily basis.
Meachin this is a poor decision. Someone's loving 8 year old son was killed by this person and he hasn't learned to drive with respect for others. Judges on Teesside should be made to live in rough parts of Middlesbrough and suffer like many good people do on a daily basis. Davy Crocket
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9:21pm Thu 8 Nov 12

NO EINSTEIN says...

How about letting Clare Conroy and her relatives into a room with Lindo for just 5 minutes to explain why its not right to drive whilst disqualified, i bet they would get there point over better than the Judge.
How about letting Clare Conroy and her relatives into a room with Lindo for just 5 minutes to explain why its not right to drive whilst disqualified, i bet they would get there point over better than the Judge. NO EINSTEIN
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