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Haslett family upset following not guilty verdict

Mon, 30 Apr 2012


The family of a Manx student who died after he was hit by a police car in Sheffield have been critical of some aspects of the investigation and the outcome of the court case.

19 year old Jamie Haslett had been on a night out with friends in October 2010 when the accident happened.

The driver PC Rodney Mills was responding to a 'priority' call-out and was travelling almost twice the speed limit at nearly 60 miles per hour.

He wasn't using flashing blue lights or sirens.

Following an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Mills was charged with death by careless driving.

Last week he was found not guilty.

Jamie's family aren't satisfied with the length of time it took Mills to give a statement to the IPCC and they say they have no letter of condolence or any other communication from South Yorkshire Police.

They're also unhappy with the force's policy on the use of blue lights and sirens, which they say leaves it to the discretion of the police officer.

Jamie's dad Peter struggles to describe how the family feel about their ordeal.[play media file below]

 

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