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Driver, 95, could face jail after admitting killing grandfather at Braywick Cemetery

A 95-year-old woman could be facing a prison sentence after admitting killing a grandfather with her car.

Gertrude Lister, of Vicarage Walk, Bray, appeared at Reading Crown Court this morning (Tuesday) where she pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard Lister hit Paul Mills, of West Crescent, Windsor, on Valentine’s Day with her Hyundai i30 at Braywick Cemetery in Braywick Road.

Mr Mills, a 47-year-old who was working for Royal Borough contractor ISS Facilities at the time, later died at Wexham Park Hospital.

His honour Judge Paul Dugdale said the charge crossed the ‘custody threshold’, meaning Lister, who was also issued with an interim driving ban, could be sent to prison when she returns to be sentenced on Thursday, January 4.

He added: “You have pleaded guilty to what is a very serious offence, but it is a somewhat unusual case, for reasons I imagine are obvious to everyone in court.

“Obviously, while it is an utterly tragic case for the family of Paul Mills and also for yourself, the decision as to what sentence you receive is not straight forward and one that requires a lot of thinking and submissions from the defence and prosecution.

“It would be wrong for me to rush that sentence today and we are not going to do that.”

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  • Stephenghc

    03:03, 23 December 2017

    Without intimate knowlege of the incident I belive the defendent was poorly advised in her plea, no doubt given ot of simple honesty and her belief but in itself denying the Court the option to consider any alternative to conviction. This would appear to be a total accident with no malicious intent or forethought and entirely due to momentary and tragic misuse of the vehicle's controls perhaps fractionally more likely on account of advanced years and lessend ability to deal with the mistake in time. My idea is that even the experience is punishment enough if punishment is warranted, and I hope the family of the deceased can generously accept that.. As I said, the Court's hand is tied, I imagine, on account of the lady being advised inappropriately. It is not dishonest to plead 'not guilty'. The law allows it so that the Court can decide on all the factors involved in a complicated case. What a terribler thing for everyone.

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