Barry SlaymakerImage copyright North Wales Police
Image caption Slaymaker said the tragedy was a freak accident

A man has been jailed after a metal board flew off his van and killed a nurse in Gwynedd.

Barry Slaymaker, 31, was driving his VW Transporter on the B4547 at Pentir on 23 September 2016 when an aluminium board blew off his roof rack and hit Susan Owen’s BMW.

He admitted causing her death by dangerous driving.

Slaymaker from Gwalchmai, Anglesey, was sentenced to 16 months in jail at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Judge Huw Rees told the father-of-six, who worked as a plasterer and painter, that the three cords he used to secure the board were not fit for purpose.

The court heard he had been left devastated by the tragedy, which at the time he described as a freak accident.

Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Susan Owen worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd

Mrs Owen, from Pentre Berw, Anglesey, had been on her way to the hairdressers, ready for a trip to New York with her husband, Rem Owen, to celebrate her birthday.

A statement released by Mr Owen after the case said: “Sue was in the prime of her life and it was taken away so tragically by the actions of this man who has been brought to justice today”.

He said she touched the lives and is missed by so many people, and her memory will live on through the Sue Owen Fund at Ysbyty Gwynedd, where she worked.

“The sentence given today will never bring Sue back to us, but it will draw a line in the sand and we move on,” he added.


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