Grieving Mike Mackenzie hits out at drink driver George Forbes's sentence
Mike McKenzie, left, and
A dad whose wife was killed by a drink driver has told of
his fury after learning the man responsible will walk free this
Mike McKenzie blasted the justice system after he was told
George Forbes will be released on licence in July – less than four
years into an eight-year sentence for causing the death of his wife
The 40-year-old was convicted in August 2007 of killing the
mum-of-three in a horror head-on smash on the Old Thanet Way. He
was more than twice the drink drive limit.
Mike said: “In four months he’s going to be walking
the streets a free man because he’s been a good boy inside.
“Where’s the justice in that for us and Jan? We’ve got to live
with what he did for the rest of our lives, but he can just get on
"He’ll have his life back, but we won’t have Jan back. It’s no
justice for what we went through and for what we still have to go
"He should be behind bars for another four years.”
Jan, 50, was killed instantly after Forbes ploughed his van into
her Audi on the Old Thanet Way near Greenhill on October 16,
The devoted mum had been driving home to Lancaster Gardens in
Beltinge when Forbes overtook a car and smashed into her.
Mike and his three children - Scott, 26, Donna, 29, and Paul, 31
– rushed to the scene after hearing about the crash.
Mike said: “Jan had been shopping at Sainsburys and was gone for
"We were worried because we couldn’t get through to her phone.
Donna said she’d heard about the accident so we all got together
and went down there.
“We actually got through the police cordon and a few hundred
yards directly in front of us was what was left of Jan’s car.
“Forbes didn’t give her a chance – he just pulled out in front
of her. The impact was in excess of 100mph.
“There was no knowing who he was going to kill that day. It was
just a total waste of life.
“We saw the indescribable impact Jan’s car had taken, and that
impact meant we were unable to say goodbye to her.”
Forbes has told probation officials he wants to live with his
family in Whitstable when he’s released, but Mike says he will
fight to keep him out of the area.
The 58-year-old – who has since re-married and moved to
Broadstairs – said: “I couldn’t care less if his family lives in
"I’ve lost part of my family for life because of him. We don’t
want him anywhere near us.
"My children all live in Herne Bay and my son drinks in
Whitstable and they don’t want to bump into him.
“We’re going to ask for him to be excluded from Whitstable,
Herne Bay and Thanet, but the people making these decisions haven’t
gone through what we’ve been through.
"To them it’s not about the feelings of the victims, it’s about
the feelings of the criminals.”
Mike – who continues to run the designer wardrobe firm he and
Jan started together – says her death continues to haunt him and
He said: “It’s been devastating for them to lose their mum at
such a young age, especially Donna.
“Her daughter Shannon was just three when Jan died. She would
have loved to have seen her grow up.
“But Forbes took that away from her. He’s never even said sorry
for what he did and I don’t think he actually is.
“If I hadn’t had any dependents when it happened I would have
done away with him.
"I would have been doing society a favour. He can rot inside for
as long as he lives, for all I care.”
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