Folkingham death crash driver lodges appeal over sentence

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A van driver who admitted knocking down and killing a 27-year-old cyclist has revealed he will appeal his eight-year jail sentence.

Paul Walken, 42, of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, plans to contest the jail term and 10-year driving ban given to him for causing the death of Tim Osborn in September 2012.

Walken admitted causing death by careless driving while unfit to drive through drink after overwhelming evidence found that he had knocked down Tim, who was on his way home from work at Morrisons Supermarket in Pinchbeck.

He was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court in April. But Walken’s lawyers confirmed this week “advice had been written” to the court. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said an appeal against the sentence was going ahead.

Mr Osborn’s father Stephen, 51, of Bourne Road, Spalding, said he was “flabbergasted” by the appeal.

He added: “Walken kept us on tenterhooks right until the last minute and just made things even worse for us.

“We knew that he wasn’t going to get long in prison and we also knew there was a possibility that he could walk away with a suspended sentence.

“It was only for the fact that the judge was very understanding, he’d read the case and it affected him.

“The judge gave the sentence we believed was the maximum the law would allow him to give and we were shocked by the length of it because it was more than we thought it would be.”

Sentencing Walken in April, Judge Stuart Rafferty said Tim Osborn was “entirely without fault.”

Mr Osborn said he plans to attend the appeal “for my son and children”, but also to see if Walken answers the question “Why didn’t you stop after hitting Tim?”

“Walken is just looking after his own interests and certainly not thinking of us or what he’s done,” he added.