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This Article was written by... David Williams and Adam Powell: it was publish in Britain  on 31st May, 2003... by 'The Daily Mail'.
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[Note... Insurance is compulsory in Britain: an 'MoT' is a certificate to show that a vehicle is roadworthy.]
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A banned driver who escaped with a 200 fine after killing a young cyclist is mocking the law that let him walk free.  James Boffey, who has never passed a driving test and has no insurance, was pictured by the Daily Mail flouting a string of driving bans near his Liverpool home.
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The callous 18-year-old's breathtaking contempt for both the courts and his victim's family caused an outcry last night.  There were demands for his arrest and calls for an overhaul of motoring laws.
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Labour MP Jim Knight urged the Home Secretary to introduce tough penalties to stop people like Boffey 'sticking two fingers up to the law'.  Boffey has already been convicted of driving illegally on a staggering nine occasions.  Last night, his victim's mother said he should be jailed, adding: 'If killing someone wasn't enough to stop him, nothing will'.
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Boffey was pictured at the wheel of a car on Wednesday, just over two weeks after he sauntered, smirking, from Wareham Magistrates Court in Dorset.  He made no attempt to hide his identity as he drove off in an R-reg Volvo parked near the home he shares with some of his 6 brothers and 12 half-brothers and sisters.
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Boffey was on a day out in a newly-acquired car last October when he tore through the village of Wool, near Wareham, at up to 60mph.  As he tried to dodge a line of traffic, he ploughed into 15-year-old Anthony Wakelin.  The crash happened only a month after Boffey had been convicted in Liverpool of driving without insurance or a licence.
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The Crown Prosecution Service decided he could not be charged with causing death by dangerous driving because Anthony was wearing dark clothes and had no lights on his bicycle.  Instead, Boffey admitted the much less serious charge of careless driving, plus no licence or insurance.
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Between killing Anthony and appearing in the Dorset court, Boffey, from Fazakerley, was convicted six more times for driving without a licence or insurance.  Three of the sentences included driving bans.  Another such charge was held over to the Wareham appearance. 
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The Dorset magistrates banned Boffey from driving for another two years, but fined him just 200 after his lawyer argued that he could not afford much as he had already clocked up 1,400 in motoring penalties.  Boffey gloated that it was a 'good result' because he had expected to go to jail.
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Last night, Anthony's furious mother, Sarah Dobbs, 36, called for Boffey to be put behind bars.  Mrs Dobbs, who had condemned his sentence as 'farcical', said: 'It was a foregone conclusion that Boffey would get back behind the wheel'.  We didn't get justice when he was sentenced.  Seeing him driving again makes a mockery of the whole thing'.  
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Anthony's student sister Natalie, 18, said: 'This proves that fines and bans are no deterrent for him.  Knowing he's driving again makes me really, really angry'.  Her mother, who moved away from Wool after the accident, added: 'I am just trying to get through each day as it comes, I feel cheated by the courts.  The Police did a brilliant job, but what was the point of that if the magistrates let him get away with a fine? 
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I just feel empty.  Anthony was so special and nothing can compensate for Boffey taking him away.  Perhaps now he has defied the ban he'll finally be jailed'.  Mr Knight, the family's MP, has already raised the case with Tony Blair and is now calling on David Blunkett [the Home Secretary] to bring in heavier penalties.
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Dangerous by definition.

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The MP said he was 'appalled' by the leniency of the court and the fact that Boffey had not faced a dangerous driving charge.  He added: 'Surely his actions were dangerous by definition - he was driving without a licence and without insurance and so was not qualified or competent to drive the car.'  
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PC Andy Steele, who investigated the case for Dorset police, said: 'It is no surprise to see him back at the wheel.  I had no doubt he would disobey the court.'  A charge of careless driving is the least serious in motoring cases where someone is killed.  It carries a maximum fine of 2,500 and a ban.  Causing death be dangerous driving carries a maximum 10-year sentence.  
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Danger driver's shocking catalogue of offending.  
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James Boffey has appeared in court, mostly in Liverpool, England, on a string of occasions...
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June 19, 2002: Charges of driving without a licence or insurance: withdrawn at court.
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September 12, 2002: Convicted of driving without a licence, insurance, MoT.  Fined 300 with 35 costs and given 6 penalty points.
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January 16, 2003: Convicted of driving without a licence, insurance, MoT.  Fined 150 with 40 costs and 8 penalty points.
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January 21, 2003: Convicted of driving without a licence, insurance, MoT.  Fined 250 with 40 costs and 8 penalty points.
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February 14, 2003: Convicted of driving without a licence, insurance, MoT.  Banned from driving for 6 months: Fined 190 with 45 costs and 6 penalty points.
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February 19, 2003: Convicted of possession of cannabis, fined 100, with 100 costs.
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February 25, 2003: Convicted of driving without a licence or insurance.  Given a 12 month conditional discharge.  
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March, 2003: [date unknown] Convicted of driving without a licence or insurance. Banned for 1 year.  
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April 14, 2003: Appeared on charges of driving without a licence, insurance or MoT.  Case transferred to Wareham magistrates.  
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May 1, 2003: Convicted of driving without a licence or insurance in an unroadworthy car.  Fined 135 with 35 costs and banned for 6 months.  
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May 12, 2003: Convicted of careless driving and driving without insurance or licence by Wareham magistrates over the death of Anthony Wakelin.  Also convicted on charges transferred from Liverpool.  Fined 200 and banned for 2 years.  

Comment... this would be a classic example of  a case where a known individual was clearly identified... where there were many, many opportunities to take action against this person and the Authorities did absolutely nothing.  And even then... Fined 200 and banned from driving?? quite clear this will not work... the responsibility for this boys death is partly due to the Authorities.
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