Crash victim’s father calls sentence a ‘mockery’

Crash victim’s father calls sentence a ‘mockery’

The Russian father of a student who died after a lorry careered into a taxi said the driver’s sentence of community payback was a “mockery of justice”.

Anton Dementyev, 19, a business student, was with three friends on their way to a nightclub to celebrate finishing their university exams when Andrew Wilson’s articulated lorry hit them. Wilson, 55, went through a red light and was speeding in the centre of Glasgow before colliding with the taxi carrying Mr Dementyev in May 2013.

William Tombe, the taxi driver, and the three other foreign students survived. Wilson, from Ripon, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to causing death by careless driving and causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement to the other passengers. Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell handed him a community payback order to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for 19 months.

Vladimir Dementeyv, who travelled from Russia to be at the court, said: “It’s a kind of mockery of justice. It’s not justice. We lost our son, he was our life, we are suffering every day.” None of the students in the back of the car were wearing seatbelts but a pathologist said it would not have saved Mr Dementeyv.

Simon Gilbride, defending, said Wilson was struggling to sleep following the crash and wanted to give his condolences to all those involved, particularly Mr Dementyev’s family.