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Family of A1307 crash victim Matt Smyth from Duxford angered that the convicted driver involved in the crash may be deported and not serve the full sentence




The mum of a man who died in a hit and run accident believes her family has been let down by a decision to release from prison and deport the man responsible for his death.

Matt Smyth, 25, of Parsonage Close, in Duxford, died last August after his motorbike was in a collision on the A1307 near Linton with a van driven by Ricardas Taraska.

Taraska, 23, of Norwich, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and received a 14-month prison sentence at Cambridge Crown Court on December 3.

Matt’s mum Louise said she had asked before the sentencing hearing if Taraska, who is Lithuanian, could be deported after completing his sentence, but was not told that it would happen.

Matt Smyth
Matt Smyth

Louise said she learnt last week via a letter from the National Probation Service’s Victim Support Service that Taraska would leave prison in April and be supervised by the National Probation Service until October 31 and that ‘it looks very likely the offender will be deported as papers have already been served.’

She was also told that once deported, Taraska would ‘no longer be subject to licence.’

Ricardas Taraska has been hailed for 14 months. (5753741)
Ricardas Taraska has been hailed for 14 months. (5753741)

Louise learnt on Tuesday that Taraska had been, she said, ‘escorted from prison’ that morning and placed into the care of the immigration service. She doesn’t know when he will be deported

She said: “He’s really getting away with it if he is going to be sent home and not complete his sentence.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, which handles the deportation of foreign national offenders, added: “The early release scheme has been in place since 2004. There is criteria for those who can be removed and deported.”



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