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Lorry driver who killed four in horror crash has his 10 year sentence upheld

Thomasz Kroker will continue to serve a ten year sentence

A lorry driver who was distracted by his mobile phone when he caused a horrific four-death pile-up deserved his 10-year jail term, Appeal Court judges have ruled.

Tomasz Kroker, 31, of Trajan Walk, Andover, was jailed at Reading Crown Court on October last year, but appealed against his sentence.

Tracy Houghton, 45, from Dunstable, her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter, Aimee Goldsmith, 11, were all killed when Kroker smashed his articulated lorry into stationary traffic on the A34 near East Ilsley. Another man was seriously injured.

Tracey Houghton, Ethan Houghton, Aimee Goldsmith and Josh Houghton all died in the crash

Kroker pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The family of the victims said at the time that they did not believe the ten-year sentence was enough to deter other drivers from using their phones behind the wheel.

At the Court of Appeal on Friday, James Rozier, representing Kroker, described the way the judge sentenced him as "unorthodox" and argued his punishment was far too tough.

But Crown counsel, Charles Ward-Jackson, said Kroker had been 'driving for 45 seconds, for a distance of 1km along a dual carriageway, effectively with his eyes closed'

Sir Brian, who was sitting with Mrs Justice Simler and Judge Karen Walden-Smith, said: "The impact of this accident on so many lives has been truly devastating.

"It is not possible to read the victim impact statements without feeling enormous sympathy for those whose lives have been utterly devastated or irretrievably damaged by this accident."

He went on to rule that the 10-year term was 'a perfectly proper and sensible resolution to this extremely difficult and serious case'.