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Mandy Snowling's husband shares anger at sentence of A12 dangerous driver Raymond Hogg




The widower of Mandy Snowling is ‘angry’ at the sentence handed to the lorry driver whose dangerous driving killed his wife.

Raymond Hogg, 69, of Bridge Street, Needham Market, dialled a mobile phone on the A12 at Copdock Interchange on April 20 last year, before ploughing into stationary traffic.

Last week the grandfather was sentenced to two years and two months behind bars, and a further two years and two months on licence, after admitting death by dangerous driving.

Raymond Hogg (19518384)
Raymond Hogg (19518384)

Shane Snowling said this week: “Everyone is angry over the time he has been given.

“What he has done is broken my family and we will never be the same again. And it is all because of a mobile phone call.

“But there is no prison sentence that will ever bring my Mandy back.”

Hogg had made the call while on cruise control at 50mph and the six-vehicle collision caused injury to several others, as well as inflicting thousands of pounds worth of vehicle damage.

At the sentencing in Ipswich Crown Court last week, Judge Martyn Levett implied he regretted sentence restrictions that prevented Hogg serving more time.

The defendant, who was described as a ‘shell of a man’ after the incident, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity - which automatically reduced his sentence by one third.

Mr Snowling said the family ‘have this nightmare for the rest of their lives’.

He continued: “I wake each day to an empty space where my wife should be.

“I stand and look out of my window wishing for her to pull up and for this to be just a nightmare. But I look around to see her ashes sitting there and a bomb goes off inside of me and I panic because I know it’s real.

“It is not him that’s been given a sentence, it’s us.

“It is a loss our whole family share.”

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