Portsmouth man jailed for killing his wife in reckless motorbike manouevre

Ashley Fairley, who died on a crash on the Eastern Road, pictured with her husband Kristof Fairley
Ashley Fairley, who died on a crash on the Eastern Road, pictured with her husband Kristof Fairley
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THE grieving mother of a woman whose husband caused her death by dangerous driving has told of her devastation after he was jailed for just 40 months.

Cindy Pilmoor, 43, said she is ‘disgusted’ at the sentence handed to son-in-law Kristof Fairley.

Disqualified driver Fairley was riding a Kawasaki motorbike without insurance with new wife Ashley, 20, as pillion passenger when it crashed following a ‘reckless manoeuvre.’

Kristof Fairley, 27, was banned from the roads for six years after he admitted causing the death of his bride, also known as Jodie, by dangerous driving.

Ms Pilmoor, of Livesay Gardens, Milton, said: ‘I honestly thought he would get five years.

‘I thought he would be done for it very badly for killing my daughter.’

She said the pair had comforted each other after her daughter’s death before she found out he was arrested.

She added: ‘We were best friends, even speaking on the phone.

‘He used to come round here because we’ve got Jodie’s ashes in my living room.

‘I was with him all the way and then I found out it was his fault.’

Ashley’s uncle Rob Pilmoor said: ‘I am very angry and frustrated that someone could do this to someone they love.’

Ashley had set up home with Fairley in London Road, North End, Portsmouth, after marrying last August.

He wept as the court heard he overtook two lanes of traffic on a left-turn only filter lane heading north at Airport Service Road.

The motorbike he had bought earlier that day clipped the kerb and crashed into a Ford Focus in Eastern Road.

Moments later Fairley, who had minor injuries, ran back to find his wife in the road.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the Ford Focus driver remembered Fairley saying ‘Come back, I’m sorry. Bring her back. What was I doing? Why was I so stupid?’

Ashley later died of head injuries at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where Fairley told police: ‘It’s all my fault. I was just showing off.’

Ben Stephenson, defending, said the ‘showing off’ was not in the riding, but the purchase of the powerful motorbike on the day of the crash on January 21.

The court heard Fairley and Ashley had been at a friend’s house in Portsmouth and the friend was riding behind them along the Eastern Road, but they were not racing.

Fairley reached the traffic lights at about 6.40pm, but waited in the empty filter lane until the lights went green, when he accelerated to about 43mph.

Fairley was banned from driving in 2009 for dangerous driving and had not taken an extended course to get the licence back.

He had applied for a provisional licence the day before the incident, but had never had a motorbike licence.

Addressing Fairley, Judge Roger Hetherington, sentencing, said: ‘It was a reckless manoeuvre which created a significant risk of danger.’

He said there was ‘an element of trying it and showing off’.

Ashley was wearing a crash helmet, but this had come off during the collision.

‘Kristof’s life is gone now that he has lost his wife’

THE mother of Kristof Fairley said her son had been inconsolable after losing his wife.

Maureen Fairley, 70, who lives in Francis Avenue, Southsea, and lived in Kingsclere Avenue, Leigh Park, for several years, said: ‘He’s been totally devastated.

‘He doesn’t care if he’s locked up for the rest of his life.

‘His life is gone because he has lost her – that’s how he feels.’

Ashley had been described by her mum Cindy Pilmoor as her ‘soulmate’ and ‘a beautiful, articulate girl with the whole world in her hands’.