Judges refuse to up killer driver's sentence

JUDGES today refused to increase the jail sentence of a Suffolk woman who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

JUDGES today refused to increase the jail sentence of a Suffolk woman who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

The Attorney General wanted a tougher jail term than the 21 months given to Philippa Curtis of The Street in Icklingham.

Curtis was jailed in February after Oxford Crown Court heard she sent and received mobile phone text messages, before ploughing into the back of a stationary Peugeot 106 at 70mph.

The collision caused the death of Victoria McBryde, 24, of Northamptonshire. Curtis's vehicle also collided with a white van and an Asda lorry, when the crash occurred near Wheatley in Oxfordshire.

But Court of Appeal judges today refused to increase the sentence.

The waitress was said to have been “hyper” after serving singer Dina Carroll earlier that night in Suffolk.

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Following Curtis' sentencing accident prevention campaigners said her jail term should have been longer.

The Attorney General's office referred Curtis' case back to the Court of Appeal last month with two others.