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Could cameras in court act as a deterrent?

Judge Peter Jacobs certainly thinks that this might be case. Following the sentencing of a 19 year old in Norwich on Wednesday, the judge has said that having a camera in court on this occasion may go some way to act a deterrent.

The 19 year old woman, Eleanor Coleman killed her friend as a result of dangerous driving in 2011, by crashing into a lorry on the A47. At the sentencing Ms Coleman and her family wept openly, and it is these kinds of scenes which the judge feels might make people start to pay more attention to the risks of dangerous driving, and would help to bring down the number of fatal road traffic accidents.

The judge said,

“I think people need to see the effect that death has – the effect that road accident deaths have, It’s traumatic. You have got the grieving relatives. You have often got the defendant in the dock who wishes it had never happened or in other cases a truly dreadful defendant who has a series of previous convictions.”

Ms Coleman was sentenced to 15 months in prison and a three year driving ban.

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