Bill seeks proper justice for road death victims

Published date: 13 December 2013 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A BILL is being brought before Parliament in an attempt to bring about justice for a young boy who died after being knocked down by a car.

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones is bringing the new Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidlines) Bill to Westminster in an attempt to change the law for people convicted of death by driving.

The proposed legislation stems directly from Ms Jones’ long-standing interest in the case of nine-year-old Robert Gaunt of Overton, who died after being knocked down by a car on the road near his home in 2009.

The car driver, David James Lunn, of Moorland Avenue, Queen’s Park, Wrexham, was jailed for 22 months and banned from driving for four years after he admitted perverting the course of justice.

Lunn, 61, also admitted two charges of causing death while he had no licence or insurance.

Claiming they had been “let down” by the justice system, Robert’s family began a campaign for a change to the law, which has been backed by Ms Jones.

In the summer of 2011, she raised the issue in Parliament and called for the law to be toughened but was told by Government there were are no plans to bring in what was described as “tinkering legislation”.

Now, the MP has revealed she is bringing a Bill before Parliament on January 8 next year in an attempt to finally get the laws changed.

Ms Jones said: “The formal title of the Bill is Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidelines).

“The formal description is ‘That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to undertake a review of the maximum penalties for driving offences leading to death and serious injury; and for connected purposes’.

“My Bill calls for a review to be made of what the guidelines are on sentencing, ie what the maximum penalties are for various driving offences.

“For too long those who commit serious driving offences have been receiving overly lenient sentences.

“A review must be made of the maximum penalties in order to get justice for those families torn apart by these terrible offences.”

“I am very pleased to say that the Labour Party front bench have given their support to this Bill and I very much hope that the Government will do so as well.”

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