THE family of a woman sentenced to three years in prison for killing a cyclist claim her disability was “effectively ignored” by a judge following her manslaughter conviction.
Auriol Grey, 49, who has cerebral palsy and cognitive difficulties, yelled at retired midwife Celia Ward, 77, to get off the sidewalk.
Celia fell in the way of a car and died at the scene in Huntingdon, Cambs in October 2020.
Grey, was convicted of manslaughter.
Her attorney has appealed, alleging that Peterborough Crown Court Judge Sean Enright did not take full account of her disability.
Gray’s legal team also disputed the judge’s finding that the path was shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
Her brother-in-law Alisdair Luxmoore supports the appeal. He says Gray had no intention of causing harm and that Celia’s death was a tragic accident.
He said: “We were appalled. Of course we felt very sorry not only for Auriol, but also for the Wards.
“How awful that Auriol played a role at all.
“Then there was the horror of the thought of her being sent to prison.
“How can you bring a disabled person to a place like that?”
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