Oliver Jarvis acts in high profile death by careless driving trial

February 4, 2019

Oliver Jarvis from Exchange Chambers has acted for a driver who ran over the mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman in a death by careless driving trial at Mold Crown Court.

Liam Rosney, 33, pleaded guilty in December to causing the death by careless driving of Carol Boardman, just before his trial was due to start.

On Thursday, Judge Rhys Rowlands sentenced him to 30 weeks in prison and disqualified him from driving for 18 and a half months at Mold Crown Court.

Oliver Jarvis, defending, said Rosney did not “want to make any excuses for his behaviour”.

He told the court: “He says that he has destroyed the lives of two families and therefore nothing I say will seek to undermine that guilty plea.”

But he said the father-of-two, who had a clean licence before the crash, was driving at an appropriate speed and if Mrs Boardman had not fallen from her bike he would not have hit her.

Rosney from Connah’s Quay, had originally faced trial in July last year but the jury was discharged halfway through.

He and wife Victoria Rosney, 32, were both initially charged with doing an act tending or intending to pervert the course of justice by deleting call logs from their phones, but the jury in the first trial was directed to return not guilty verdicts after Judge Rowlands said they could not fairly convict them.

Oliver was instructed by Burton Copeland.

The case has received national media coverage by The Guardian, BBC and The Independent.