More than 400 people have signed a petition pleading for leniency in the case of a doctor found guilty of hitting and killing a pensioner while driving his sports car.
He must be a hell of a doctor, given the circumstances of the case.
Support for Dr Aloke Basu, 66, has swelled among his patients since the jury at Basildon Crown Court reached its verdict last month.Staff at Deejay Pharmacy, which adjoins Dr Basu’s practice in Campfield Road, Shoebury, decided to start the petition to try to persuade Judge Alice Robinson to be sympathetic when she passes sentence on July 21.
Is this usual? Does the court accept petitions from complete strangers?
Dilip Patel, one of the pharmacy’s owners, said: “Obviously, a life has been lost and that cannot be undone.“We are not questioning the jury’s verdict, but we are saying that someone who has served the community for 36 years deserves to have that taken into account.
“The response we have had has been huge. Even before we started the petition, people were calling for us to do something like this.”
Is it because this was a freak accident, something no-one could be expected to foresee?
Dr Basu was suffering from cataracts in both eyes, advanced glaucoma and shortsightedness when his Porsche hit grandmother Shirley Watkins on February 5 last year.
Physician, heal thyself….
Mr Patel said: “I have been here for 30 years and I know what he is like.“You cannot take back what has been done, but all we want is for the judge to know what sort of person he is and take that into account.”
And what about what sort of person Shirley Watkins was? Should that matter?
Comments are illuminating:
the citizen, says…Whilst it is a sadness that the community will lose a competent public servant, it can NEVER be acceptable for leniency to be given on that basis. Not everyone has the ability or skill to become a GP but they should not receive any less justice for that. Otherwise leniency is only available to the few. The pensioners life is no less valuable just because a doctor caused the accident than, say, a yob. If both were inhibited by an eye condition then the yob and the doctor should receive the same justice. The doctor is actually without excuse as he should have known that his eyesight was not suitable for driving – which enhances wreck-less endangerment. The petition itself reflects a poor lack of judgement and expresses a desire for a miscarriage of appropriate justice and a devaluation of the life of the pensioner. A sad case but remember…life has been lost, we are not talking about a minor matter.
Some, in their desire to exonerate the doctor, decide to chide the victim for not using the nearby crossing, which actually only increases the doctor’s guilt:
David McDonagh, SS2 6JU says…Remember everyone, Dr Basu drove for NINE years in this condition…each time he drove to surgery to treat you he risked people’s lives. NINE YEARS, how many thousands of times has he got behind the wheel without being able to see properly, without being insured (no insurance company would uphold his condition(s), unable to see properly…he may have been a good GP and a really nice guy… but honest – come on….all those eye operations, tests he failed…be fair…he was a danger on the road and he killed an INNOCENT woman, crossing where there is a tarmac path…yes, not a good place…but well used. The other driver saw her!
And if instead, the other driver had hit her, would his status in the community have been taken into account?
No? Then neither should Doctor Basu’s, should it?
Agree? Disagree? Comments are open…