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Another lax sentence? Driver sentenced after killing bus driver & injuring 15 passengers

A 20 year old man has been sentenced to seven years and eight months after he drove into a bus killing the driver and injuring 15 passengers. He had no licence, no insurance, drove the wrong side of the road and gave false details to police.

Dorjan Cera, 20, killed bus driver Kenneth Matcham in Orpington.

According to police:

“Acting Detective Inspector Richard Budd, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: 

Cera’s driving that night was beyond reckless, it was clearly extremely dangerous and resulted in many people being injured, and sadly one man losing his life.

“Our investigation, supported by eye witness accounts, established that Cera had been driving at speed, entering a busy road on the wrong side of the road when he collided with the bus being driven by Mr Matcham; he had made no attempt to slow down or give-way.

Bus driver Kenneth Matcham

“When Cera spoke with officers at the scene, he provided false details – perhaps to later avoid responsibility – but his true identity was quickly established. Today, he begins a prison sentence, having been left with no other option but to plead guilty.

“Our thoughts remain with everyone who has suffered as a result of his actions.”

Police were called to Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 22:12hrs on 31 October 2019 following a report of a multi-vehicle incident.

Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended and found two buses and a Skoda Octavia in collision.

The driver of one of the buses, 60-year-old Kenneth Matcham from Gravesend in Kent, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics also treated 15 casualties at the scene. Three of the casualties were treated for serious injuries, and the remaining suffered minor injuries.

Cera, who was driving the Skoda was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving. He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution before being taken to a south London police station.

Cera was subsequently charged with multiple offences.”

4 Comments

  1. Roy

    If there had been multiple cameras…cars,with no tax and insurance would have been spotted some time before this accident…We have the Car Recognition Software yet I don’t see it in general use….any car being driven can be instantly spotted if no tax..Insurance and MOT….then all we need are a good MPS….hmmmmm

  2. Lynne Barry

    This sentence does seem too lenient. I would have thought double that, since he killed the driver and was driving illegally

  3. Graham

    I agree Lynne Barry. the sentence is far too lemient.

    The sentence should have been at least treble that 20 years or longer taking in to account the bus driver lost his life in this accident and his passengers were hurt.The culprit was knowingly driving with no licence, no insurance, drove the wrong side of the road and gave false details to police.So knew he should never have been behind the wheel of a car.

    How many more people out there are driving illegally on our roads !! Including under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  4. Michael

    As I said in another article – 10 year minimum sentence for this sort of thing where it involves a fatality, and in this case 15 people injured. Yet another instance of a sentence too lenient for the crime.

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