Stafford, UK:Obstructing the railway = 68 month sentence

8 Apr

A motorist who drove his car onto the railway at Clay Mills level crossing, Burton-on-Trent, and continued along the railway for 220 metres has received a 68-month custodial sentence. He abandoned the car which was then hit by a passenger train which had been travelling at 100mph but application of the emergency brake had reduced speed to 70mph at the point of impact.

The offence of obstructing the railway to which Jonathan Mather pleaded guilty occurred on July 20th, 2015 and Mather was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on April 8th, 2016. The court heard that having abandoned the car, Mather was found by British Transport Police (BTP) to be hiding in line side bushes. Although no one was injured, the Court was told that the rail industry incurred expenditure of GBP650,000 comprising damage to the train and infrastructure, delays and compensation.

Detective Sergeant Shanie Erwin of BTP said: “Mather claimed to have had an episode of memory loss as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however he was fully assessed by an independent mental health team and deemed fit to be interviewed by Police and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Footage of the crash has been released by British Transport Police (



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