Early release for death driver is 'beyond belief'
A FAMILY who have been told the man who admitted killing their son could be released from prison after just six months say the decision is “beyond belief”.
Motorist John Frowen, 49, admitted causing death by careless driving after hitting Leigh Lewis from behind as Leigh walked the short distance to his home in Gwylfa Road, Townhill.
Frowen was given a 21-month prison sentence and a five-year driving ban in August. But Leigh’s family say they are now devastated after being told he could be released early.
They say their grieving has been set back by the news that Frowen could be released with a tag in February — just six months after he was jailed.
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Leigh’s brother Andrew Lewis said: “That’s just beyond belief for killing somebody, especially after what he’s been convicted for.
“How can he get the possibility of coming out after six months?”
He said the family had already prepared themselves for the fact Frowen could be released after serving half of his sentence, but that would have seen him released next summer.
“From my mother’s point of view it just gets from bad to worse,” said Andrew.
“We thought the worst was over with,” he added. He said his mum Ann Lewis was “distraught”.
“It’s being treated like a petty crime. I could go and rob a shop and I’d get longer in prison than if I’d killed someone,” said Andrew.
Andrew said the family and friends were shocked at the news.
“It’s taken us all back,” he added
“We thought the worst was over with now the court case has finished and as we try to pick ourselves up, we’re being kicked back down again,” he said.
“It feels like one step forward and two steps back,” Andrew said.
Leigh’s family said he was “one-in-a-million”.
He was well-known at the Liberty stadium, where he worked as a half-time ticket seller.
He was known as the “lucky seller” by Swans fans who often queued to get their tickets from him.
Leigh, who his family say was a devoted, son, brother and uncle, died aged 36.
He had been out playing darts with friends for the night before the group returned home. He told friends he was planning to go and get a pizza, but he never made it home.
At his sentencing, Swansea Crown Court heard Frowen, of Cwmaman Road, Garnant, Ammanford had originally denied causing death by dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
The court was told he had a long history of taking drugs and had taken amphetamines on the day of the accident.