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TRIBUTES TO OAP KILLED IN ROAD CRASH; Van driver is jailed for 28 months.

Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter

THE family of an 89-yearold great grandad killed in a crash have paid a glowing tribute to him after the man responsible for his death was jailed for 28 months.

Monty Davenport, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend, was only days away from attending his grandson's wedding in Spain when he lost his life. At Chester Crown Court on Friday, van driver Mustaffa Amir El Akad, 28, from Tipton, was sent to prison after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also banned from driving for six years and two months. El Akad told police that he had been attempting to overtake a truck because it was brushing overhanging trees, showering his van with sticks and stones.

He was working as a delivery driver for Amazon and told police if his vehicle was damaged the repair costs would have been docked from his wages.

After the hearing Monty's family, from Whitchurch, spoke of their immense loss through legal representative Carol Hopwood. "No sentence would bring Mr Davenport back but we are grateful that the court has reflected the severity of the crime in jailing Mustaffa Amir El Akad," she said.

"As a result of his dangerous driving, a family has been robbed of a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather.

"Mr Davenport's beloved great granddaughter was only two years old when he was killed and will grow up not knowing him."

She added: "Ellis Vernon Davenport, who was better known as 'Monty', enjoyed an active retirement walking the family dog and spending time with his family.

"He has missed out on seeing two of his grandsons marry this year. Indeed, before he was killed he was arranging his first passport to go to Spain for one of the weddings - a bittersweet trip his whole family had to make without him."

The fatal accident happened on October 28 last year on the A530 at Combermere, Cheshire.

El Akad swerved into the middle of the carriageway to see if he could overtake, despite the fact that there were solid white lines on the road. At a point where the solid white lines broke momentarily, he swerved out again and sped up to overtake, hitting Monty's vehicle head-on.

The pensioner was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital and, despite surgery and critical care, died on November 3. Gareth Roberts, defending, said El Akad was a "profoundly and desperately ashamed young man".

He reiterated the van driver's reasoning of protecting his van, but added: "It is not an excuse for what he did, and it is of no comfort whatsoever to the family of the deceased.

"But that was why he took the catastrophic decision to overtake the lorry when it was unsafe to do so. It's a decision that he will carry with him for the rest of his life."

Monty's daughters, Janice Heath and Carol Welburn, read victim impact statements out in court in person.

"We cannot express the impact that losing him has had," said Janice, "He had always been there for us and was such a big part of our lives.

"He is always in our thoughts and we miss him every single day."

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Monty Davenport, who would have been 90 this weekend, and, right, Mustaffa Amir El Akad is now behind bars

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