Driver's 21-month term 'sends out wrong message'
A FAMILY have slammed the 21-month jail term given to the driver who killed their son.
Leigh Lewis died aged 36 after being hit by John Frowen, who lost control of his car after taking drugs.
Leigh was just two minutes from his home in Gwylfa Road, Townhill, when Frowen, 49, hit him from behind. His car only came to a stop when it struck nearby railings.
Swansea Crown Court heard Frowen had a long history of taking drugs and had taken amphetamines on the day of the accident.
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Leigh's family and friends, who filled the court, have hit out at the 21-month jail term and 5-year driving ban.
They praised the police but said they felt let down by the sentence.
His younger brother Andrew said: "It's not sending out the right message to people. You could walk up to someone in the street and stab them and get life in prison. You kill someone with a car and you get 21 months," said Andrew.
"The courts are supposed to be sending out a message," he added. His mum Ann said: "I've seen him on a number of occasions and he hasn't shown any remorse to us.
"We've not even had a 'sorry' from him," she said.
They warned others about the dangers of getting behind a wheel.
"This is what happens to families when somebody drink- drives or takes drugs. One person's actions can cause utter devastation to a family and countless others," said Andrew. "One person's lack of split-second judgement has caused so much devastation to so many people," said Ann.
"He got in the car that night and his actions have changed our lives forever," she added.
Leigh was well known at the Liberty Stadium, where he sold tickets for the half-time raffle draw and the family want that legacy to continue.
They plan to take his nieces, Cerys and Megan — who Leigh called his "two princesses" — to today's Swans match.
They have placed a photo of him on the lamppost near where he sold tickets and before each home match Ann lays a bunch of flowers next to the picture.
"We have to move forward with our lives now. This man is out of our lives forever now, it's just Leigh's memory we have to keep alive," said Andrew.
The court was told Frowen had a previous conviction for driving while under the influence of drugs and a series of charges for possessing drugs.
Frowen, of Cwmaman Road, Garnant, Ammanford had originally denied causing death by dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving on the second day of his trial.