Friday, December 19, 2014

Short sighted minicab driver found guilty of killing former teacher of chef Heston Blumenthal

A short sighted minicab driver from Wembley who killed a teacher after smashing into the back of his car has been found guilty of causing his death by careless driving.

Kugannesan Balasubramaniam, 31, of Longley Avenue, collided into the classic MGB sports car driven by Nick Sennett so hard it ‘folded like a penknife’ on the A40 Westway.

Mr Sennett, who was 58-year-old and taught economics at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, died at the scene on January 15 this year.

Southwark Crown Court heard Balasubramaniam, had been speeding at 48mph on the 40mph road and had worked for 90 hours in the previous seven days for the cab hire company One to One.

The short-sighted driver also failed a basic numberplate-reading eye test when officers attended the scene.

 Editorial comment: 
How the hell did this man get a PH licence from TfL?
The licensing authority should also be held part responsible for the death of Mr Sennett.

Balasubramaniam had denied a single charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was convicted by the alternative charge of causing death by careless driving.

He will be sentenced on January 15.

Warning him he faces jail, Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC told Balasubramaniam: “You should understand that the law makes it clear that a custodial sentence is likely but as you are a man of previous good character I order a pre-sentence report for that day.’

Mr Sennett was a former teacher of chef Heston Blumenthal OBE who attended the £15,700-a-year school.

Paying tribute to him shortly after his death, he said: “What made Nick stand out was his very calm, playful banter. He was one of those teachers you could be very comfortable around. He was really lovable, really funny, chilled out.”

Editorial comment:
Again we see lazy and in incompetent journalism as the Kilburn times called the driver a Taxi driver. 
You just can't get quality in journalism these days.
If the editor of the Kilburn times would like a lesson in the difference between minicabs and Taxis, I would be only too pleased to oblige.

Taxi leaks took the liberty of correcting the article before posting.

    Source: Kilburn Times


Anonymous said...

Very sorry for both men and their families, Thos guy working 90 hours a week is normal, it is very dangerous as this story clearly shows,, but this man is trying to make a wage that he can live on in london. This is normal practice in most firms big and small, the big west end firms are the worst, many drivers work 100 hours a week to make ends meet, and the bosses walk away with millions,(uber Addison lee included).Tfl again will show no concern for any of the actions of all of these firms, and the lack of enforcement for touting adds more time to a drivers week. Realy to sort out London taxi and phv industry is not rocket science, so why does Boris bury his head in the sand. I believe that TFL have no interest and no idea what to do about taxi and phv , and therefore have decided to do Bloody nothing in the hope that it will takers away from them and given back to the met.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Tfl are guilty in this accident and should be held partly responsible.They have now issued roughly 75000 minicab badges in london at £220 each.

They are aware that this will force the drivers to work longer and longer hours to make a wage that they can live on in london , but clearly don't give a dam about the drivers , customers or publics safety.

They turn a blind eye to touting all over london, this increases the working day for a cab driver. Tfl are fully aware of the working conditions forced on london phv drivers by these firms both big and small.

They have let uber work london, cutting the fares by nearly half, again making the working day/week longer.

Tfl clearly do not give a toss about the safety of Londoners and it's tourist, but do care about the money they raise from both the taxi and phv industry.

Where is the law in this city,?

This town is the capital of the world, and provides a third world phv service, what an absolute joke. Someone should be facing criminal charges, but no that does not happen.

Instead they shag tarts with our money and get knighted.

The phv industry was much better off before TfL got involed.