BREAKING NEWS: Judge increases driver’s sentence

Matthew Reynolds
Matthew Reynolds

The sentence handed to a driver involved in an Ilkeston hit and run has been increased by the judge.

Recorder Peter Ievins decided over lunch that Matthew Reynolds should serve three years for perverting the course of justice, rather than the original sentence of two years and eight months.

The new sentence means 29-year-old Reynolds has a total jail term of three years and six months after knocking down Ilkeston teenager, Haydn Thomson, in the early hours of May 12, when he pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving with no insurance at an earlier hearing.

Reynolds, of St Norbert’s Drive, Kirk Hallam, was also banned from driving for four years during the hearing today (Friday) at Derby Crown Court.

James Harrison, 22, of Oliver Road, Kirk Hallam, admitted perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 20 months.

A third man Scott Hipkiss, 18, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for a year and 200 hours of unpaid work for admitting perverting the course of justice.