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Wife's tribute to man killed by lorry driver watching porn

Kerry Pemberton and wife Cheryl Photo: BPM Media

The wife of lorry driver who was killed in a collision on the M69 in Leicestershire has paid tribute to him.

Former Army sergeant Felix Gillon was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after the crash on May 3 last year.

The 56-year-old, who was watching porn in the run up to the collision has been jailed for eight years.

Witnesses saw Gillon drift in and out of the hard shoulder between two and four times on the southbound carriageway at around 3.13pm.

Kerry Pemberton, 55, was crushed against a safety barrier when Gillon’s vehicle struck his lorry.

Gillon, of Johnson Road, Bedworth, denied one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

But a jury of eight men and four women found him guilty of both charges on Thursday.

Gillon was jailed and banned from driving for eight years.

Felix Gillon Credit: Leicestershire Police

Cheryl Pemberton described Kerry as a 'gentle giant who loved his family and friends'.

We have been married for 34 years and have six children, Lisa, Rebecca, Gemma, Zoe, Chloe and Robert, as well as five grandchildren, and his death had been the truly hardest time for all of us.

We can’t get our heads around the fact that we are never going to see him again.

I just sit and wait for him to come home every day and I’m broken-hearted. Kerry and I went everywhere and did everything together, whether it be shopping or days out.

– Wife, Cheryl Pemberton