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Judge slams 'no comment' police interviews
RYAN Grace was slammed by the judge for his 'no comment' police interviews, with questions also raised about the legal advice he was given.
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The court heard the 19-year-old only admitted the charge of causing death by careless driving at the third opportunity and Judge Francis Sheridan said: "It is to this man's shame that he did not plead guilty at the earliest opportunity.
"He knew he was driving too fast, he knew he had caused the death but he made no comment in interview.
"He didn't enter a plea in the lower court. In my view he didn't need an expert to tell him how he was driving.
"He was not well served by anybody who was advising him in the police station to go 'no comment'. I make no bones about it. It may be very fashionable among some firms."
Turning to Grace, of Derehams Avenue, Loudwater, the judge added: "A friend had lost his life and one was fighting for his and you made no comment."
A letter from Rory Scarlett's parents was also read out in court, which said: "Any professionals responsible for advising him to plead not guilty should hang their heads in shame. They have probably made the situation worse for him."
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