Wayne Payne, a 31-year-old unemployed man who killed a 5-year-old boy in a car accident, insulted the victim's grieving family outside the courtroom, telling them: "sh*t happens, life goes on".
The insult came after Payne was bailed over the weekend on "compassionate grounds", allowing him to see his two daughters before being jailed. Moments after the court granted his bail, Payne reportedly argued with the family of the victim outside the Birmingham Crown Court in UK, spewing the terribly calloused statements.
The judge who bailed him expressed dismay over Payne's after-court behavior:
"You were let out on trust by me for the weekend and the fact that you behaved in that way is a very unfortunate state of affairs."According to Birmingham Mail, Wayne Payne was driving twice the speed limit - at 61 mph in a 30 mph area in Erdington, Birmingham, where child Cameron Ward was riding a pushbike. Payne, who reportedly did not hit his breaks at all, drove into the boy and proceeded to slam into the rear of his victim's bike, causing the latter to fling forward. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried to save the boy's life as the Ward family, who was present during the terrible incident, helplessly watched.
In court, Wayne Payne denied having caused the incident but was still found guilty by the jury, who convened on his case for 45 minutes before delivering the guilty verdict to the judge.
Judge Stuart Rafferty told Wayne Payne:
"A five-year-old boy has lost his life before he even had a chance to begin to live. If you [Wayne Payne] had just been a few seconds later you would have hit four people and not two."Wayne Payne will be serving five years in prison and will be prohibited from driving for another five years. It is not clear if Payne will be penalized for his horrendous statements to the family.
"You were not doing 35mph, or even 40mph, you were doing twice the speed limit and I'm satisfied that you had been doing that along the entire length of the road. It was grossly excessive and there was no legitimate reason at all for driving in that way."
"Mr Ward was blameless, but he will continue to ask himself if it was his fault. One can only imagine his horror as a responsible parent when he saw the speed at which the vehicle was approaching him at and he realised that there was nowhere for him to go."
"The last memory the parents have of their little boy will not be a happy one, it will be the sight of him after you had hit him."
[Images from BPM via Daily Mail and Metro]