Jail term cut for man who killed Army officer when he crashed car while ‘showing off’


A MAN who killed an Army officer after crashing his car while “showing off” has had his jail term cut on appeal.

Lance Corporal Gordon Quigley, 26, who was based at Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, prior to a posting in Iraq, died when best pal Christopher James Howson, 29, smashed his car into lamp-post following an all-day drinking session on April 15 last year.

Howson, of Bosworth Way, Billingham, a music student who was twice the drink drive limit and who told poilce he had been “driving like an idiot” to “wind up” his friend, was jailed for six years at Teesside Crown Court in January.

He admitted causing his friend’s death by dangerous driving.

Now three judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court have cut his term to five years and four months after ruling the judge who locked him up was mistaken in passing a six-year term.

Mr Justice Cranston said: “It seems, unfortunately, that the judge was in error in imposing the sentence of six years.”