It was the last day of the insurance cover Grace had on the car and just the week before he had been offered a place with the police, the court was told.
That offer was rescinded following his conviction.Just as well!
The judge had some harsh words for the legal profession, too:
Addressing the court, the judge attacked legal firms who told clients not to answer police questions.
He said: 'He knew he was driving too fast, he knew he had caused the death but he made no comment in interview.'
'He was not well served by anybody who was advising him in the police station to go 'no comment'. I make no bones about it.'
He read part of a letter from Rory Scarlett's parents, Felix and Laura, in which they said: 'Pleading not guilty was a foolish and wasteful exercise, doomed from the outset.'
'Any professionals responsible for advising him to plead not guilty should hang their heads in shame. They have probably made the situation worse for him.'You expect shame from lawyers?