The family of a cyclist killed by a drunk driver have spoken of their shock at being told his killer would serve less than half his sentence.
Edward 'George' Orrey, 56 died on February 9, 2013 when he was hit by a car driven by Kingsley Gordon-Allen, 20 outside Leytonstone tube station. Mr Orrey, who was on his way home from working as a steel erection foreman on the “Cheesegrater” Leadenhall Building, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gordon-Allen pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through alcohol. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and disqualified from driving for ten years.
An additional three years were added to his sentence for an attack on a 50-year-old man while he was out on bail.
But despite a total sentence of 11 years, Mr Orrey's family say they have been told that Gordon-Allen has been given a release date of January 2018.
Elaine Orrey, 54, told Zoie O'Brien, of Waltham Forest Guardian: “We had a new family liaison officer and she told me that he will be out in four years whether he behaves or not, and if we don’t object he will be out in three-and-a-half.
“He could start coming out on licence in 24 months.
“I’m absolutely gutted.
“We were led to believe that if he gets over ten years he will serve a minimum of two thirds of that time.
“They don’t give a damn about the people left behind, the victims. We have been through all this for nothing.
“In court the police took us outside to speak to us in the street because there was no space in the court. The date was moved the first time and then the judge tried to throw it out of court because he was taken to the wrong court and we had come down from Cornwall.
“My husband worked hard his entire life. He was doing a job to support his family.
“I have no faith in the so-called justice system. I had heard stories before but never in my life did I imagine we would be treated like this.”
Frankie Orrey, 34, has called for changes to the justice system.
She said: “It is like my dad meant nothing. If [Gordon-Allen] comes out of prison in 2018 he will still be young, he will have a life ahead of him and probably new qualifications.
“He will have served his time in a young offenders’ institute, not even a real prison. We have been treated like the criminals.
“Kingsley Gordon-Allen has never shown any remorse for what he did.”
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.