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Joan Cawcutt's family campaigns for harsher sentences after Aimee Robinson admitted to careless driving

The family of a crash victim are demanding harsher sentences for careless driving.

SORELY MISSED: Joan Cawcutt, who was killed in a road accident last year.
SORELY MISSED: Joan Cawcutt, who was killed in a road accident last year.

Joan Cawcutt, of Brockdish, was killed in a road accident near Diss in December.

The 80-year-old retired care home manager was a passenger in a car when it collided with Aimee Robinson’s Ford Mondeo in Wattisfield.

The 39-year-old, who was travelling west on the A143, entered the opposite lane and crashed into a Hyundai Getz, driven by Mrs Cawcutt’s son Geoffrey.

Robinson admitted careless driving at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

She was banned from the road for 18 months, ordered to complete 220 hours of unpaid work and restricted to an overnight curfew until January 2.

Mrs Cawcutt’s son-in-law, Graham Pitcher, said: “The sentence was within the guidelines but we just think it’s an absolute joke.

“We would’ve wished for a harsher sentence. People are going to read this and think ‘oh, is that all she got?’ It won’t encourage them to drive more safely.”

Described as a gentle and kind soul, the widow had three children, Geoffrey, Christine and Pauline, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her daughter, Christine Pitcher, said: “It’s not right to kill someone and then get no sentence at all. I feel that Aimee Robinson can just get on with her life and put it all behind, her but I’ve still got no mum.”

Her husband Graham read the post-mortem report and refused to let other family members see it at first.

He said: “The injuries Joan sustained were horrific.

“It was a brutal way to die. Out of 22 ribs, 17 were fractured and her spine and neck were broken as well.”

Geoffrey Cawcutt did not attend court, with his family saying he was too traumatised by the accident, adding that he had given up driving for a while.

Mrs Pitcher said: “At the minute, I cannot forgive her. We understand that she is remorseful but forgiveness is difficult because my mum didn’t have to die this way.”

Graham Pitcher added: “I had to ID Joan after the accident and that will live with me until the end of my days.”

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