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Celebrity lawyer in controversial claim over reflective clothing

Lawyer Nick Freeman has made a controversial claim that a grandad knocked down by a speeding driver could have been saved by wearing reflective clothing.

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MP calls for sentence given to driver who killed Rabbi to be reviewed

Mr Simon Martins, given eight month suspended sentence for causing death by driving without due care and attention Credit: Manchester Evening News

MP John Leech has called on the Ministry of Justice to review the sentence given to a speeding driver who killed a pedestrian.

Leech challenged the Justice Minister Chris Grayling MP to review the case of Mr Simon Martins who was given an eight month suspended sentence.

Mr Martins admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention after knocking down 82-year-old Mr Hyman Steinberg, a grandfather of 54, as he walked to Ohel Torah synagogue on Leicester Road in December 2012.

Nick Freeman Credit: Manchester Evening News

The controversial lawyer Nick Freeman claimed the Rabbi could have been saved by a reflective vest and called on the government to 'require' pedestrians to 'light up' at night.

John Leech said: “The sentence given sets a very dangerous precedent and I have raised this with the Secretary of State and asked him to review the case. The driver was clearly at fault going 42mph in a 30mph zone as well as sending a text behind the wheel.

"I’m appalled by the comments from the lawyer Nick Freeman, as well as being culturally insensitive the incident was clearly the fault of the speeding driver.”

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