Widow’s closure after a plea of guilt

Stewart Kemp
Stewart Kemp

A young widow whose husband was killed in a crash caused by a dangerous driver has described his admission of guilt as a “relief”.

Mum-of-two Angela Kemp watched as Ricky Mannion was jailed for two years and four months on Wednesday.

Luton Crown Court heard how Mannion switched lanes to overtake and crashed head on into 34-year-old motorcyclist Stewart Kemp.

The Wixams dad-of-two and foster dad of six died of multiple injuries.

Mannion pleaded guilty from the outset to causing death through dangerous driving.

The court heard he was in the wrong lane and travelling too fast when the accident happened on the old A421 near Marston Moretaine.

Mannion, who hugged his sobbing girlfriend before he was sentenced, was also disqualified from driving for two years. After the case Angela Kemp said: “The sentencing wasn’t closure for me. It was his admission of guilt and showing remorse for what he had done.”

She added: “That he did not put me and the children through a trial was a relief... This also made clear that what happened was not Stewart’s fault.”

Angela told the court how her world collapsed when police knocked at her door on the day of the accident in August last year.

She has now moved out of the area with her daughters, Ebony and Taya, now aged eight and five, and has been forced to give up fostering.

The couple had fostered four Polish girls and two little boys, but Stewart’s job as an engineer was the main source of income for the family.

Bravely Angela spoke to Mannion’s family after the court case.

“I think it gave them some comfort that I understood it was an accident,” she told the Times &Citizen.

She said she and the girls are all having counselling in a bid to cope with the loss.

“Not only have they lost their dad but they’ve moved from their home. They’ve lost their foster family and the constant reassurance... in losing Stewart I’ve lost my world.”

Bravely Angela spoke to Mannion’s family after the court case.

“I think it gave them some comfort that I understood it was an accident,” she told the Times &Citizen.

She said she and the girls are all having counselling in a bid to cope with the loss.

“Not only have they lost their dad but they’ve moved from their home. They’ve lost their foster family and the constant reassurance.

“I have to deal with daily life and I’m on anti-depressants. More than anything, in losing Stewart I’ve lost my world.”

Angela said keen motorcyclist Stewart called her and the girls his three princesses.

“He was the glue that kept us together. I’ve no idea what I’m going to do without him.”