Call this remorse? SHE WEPT FOR HER MUGSHOT... BUT TWITTER POSTS SHOW 27-YEAR-OLD PARTYING after SHE PUT OFF-DUTY PC IN A COMA, SAY ANGRY FAMILY.
Byline: LUKE TRAYNOR Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @LUKETRAYNORECHO
THE family of a policeman left in a permanent coma by a novice driver has questioned her remorse - claiming Twitter revealed a "non-stop parade of nights out, events, gigs and parties".
Chelsea Rowe, 27, was jailed for 12 months for swerving onto the wrong side of the road and colliding with PC Paul Briggs as he rode his motorbike to work.
The officer now lies in a coma, needing round-theclock care, and has a life expectancy of just nine years.
At Liverpool Crown Court, Rowe's barrister said she was the "embodiment of contrition, the embodiment of remorse".
But PC Briggs' relatives strongly dispute that claim, and say Rowe's social media activity over 12 months between the horrific collision in July 2015 and her sentencing told a different story.
Ms Rowe's Twitter shows her posing for photos at the Grand National Festival at Aintree, at a Will Young concert in Wirral, on holiday in Prague and Turkey, and enjoying other social nights and days out in the runup to her scheduled trial.
The Prenton woman changed her plea at the last minute in June when she admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving. And just a month before her sentencing, Rowe was telling her friends about tickets she had bought for a horror and sci-fi convention in London - called Walker Stalker - due to take place in March next year.
Rowe wrote: "Thinks it's funny while everyone scrambles to get there Walker Stalker tickets...I'm just sitting her like yeahhhhh bought them months ago."
Other messages showcased her trip to a Deacon Blue concert, in pubs on St Patrick's Day and taking photos with bobbies on the beat on New Year's Eve.
Tony Garvey, Mr Briggs' brotherin-law, said Rowe's constant updates of her social media accounts, did not fit with her contrition over the crash.
The 31-year-old told the ECHO: "Rowe's social media activity is, essentially, a non-stop parade of nights out, events, gigs, parties, even booking event tickets weeks before the trial - I can only assume she thought she would be available.
"We cannot in good conscience resolve this lifestyle with someone supposedly feeling regret and remorse."
Mr Garvey added: "The day in court is just a small snapshot of reality. Paul and his family have spent the last year with him in a coma.
"Meanwhile, Rowe is booking gigs, retweeting jokes and having plenty of laughs on nights out. It doesn't seem right. As a family, we were put through an even tougher time by Rowe insisting she was innocent, before a complete 180 degree U-turn, and a guilty plea before trial.
"I know people are entitled to nights out, but the amount of good times we see on her social media does not fit in with this supposed remorse.
"It feels like Paul is being pushed to one side. We are content with the sentence, but no sentence affects Paul's medical situation."
Paul Briggs with wife Lindsey and daughter Ella
Some of Chelsea Rowe's Twitter pictures, posted since the accident
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2016|
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