Blackburn dad welcomes death driver jail pledge
THE father of a Blackburn 12-year-old killed by an uninsured driver has welcomed David Cameron’s promise to review sentences for banned drivers who kill.
Last week the Prime Minister said killer drivers could face longer sentences as part of a review of serious motoring offences.
He said the Sentencing Council had been ordered to review guidelines for such offences.
Mr Cameron also suggested that a 10-year sentence handed to a banned driver who killed a couple riding a tandem earlier this year should be increased.
His comments came after Tory MP Chris Skidmore raised the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons in his Bristol constituency, knocked from their bike by Nicholas Lovell.
In May, Lovell, 38, who had 11 previous convictions for driving while disqualified, was jailed for 10 years and six months after admitting killing the pair. Lovell, a drug addict, had fled the scene.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said Lovell had ‘snuffed out’ the lives of Mr and Mrs Simons.
He said: “The sentence was 10 years and as I understand it, the maximum sentence available for a crime like this is 14 years.
‘“Justice Secretary Chris Grayling asked the Sentencing Council to review the guidelines for serious driving offences.
“I think we should look at this specific case in the light of that.’ Paul Houston’s daughter Amy lived with her mother, Joanne Cocker, in Ravenglass Close, Blackburn, when she was killed when she ran out in front of a car driven by asylum seeker Aso Mohammed Ibrahim in November 2003.
Ibrahim, who was disqualified from driving, ran away from the scene but was given a four-month jail term for driving without insurance and while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.
Since then Mr Houston has campaigned tirelessly for tougher sentences for disqualified and uninsured motorists who kill.
He said: “I am pleased at the Prime Minister’s comments and the news that the Sentencing Council is review this issue. Action to make sure that banned and uninsured drivers get the maximum sentences is long overdue. I just hope something now happens to make sure the get the penalties they deserve so other families do not go through what we have had to suffer.”
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