MP rallies support for road victims bill

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
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A FURTHER debate will take place in Parliament over calls to introduce longer sentences for serious driving offences.

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones introduced the Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidelines) Bill, which had its first reading in Westminster earlier this month.

Ms Jones is seeking tougher sentences for drivers following the death of nine-year-old Robert Gaunt of Overton, who died after being hit by a car driven by an unlicensed and uninsured driver in 2009.

Driver David James Lunn, 61, of Moorland Avenue, Queen’s Park, Wrexham, served 10 months of a 22-month sentence for perverting the course of justice and was banned from driving for four years.

Following the support she received during the first debate, Ms Jones has now secured a cross-party backbench business debate in the House of Commons on Monday on the subject of dangerous driving offences.

As well as being sponsored by two Conservatives and one Liberal Democrat MP, the campaign also has the backing of Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

Mr Lucas is calling for a review of sentencing guidlines following the death of Wrexham Maelor Hospital worker Christina Barchetti and her unborn baby girl Bella in a horror crash.

Earlier this month driver Calvin Craig Connah, 22, of Ffordd Derw, Leeswood, near Mold, was jailed for five years for causing the death of Miss Barchetti by dangerous driving on the A541 road at Pontblyddyn on October 22, 2012.

However, her family and partner also wanted him charged with causing the death of her unborn baby – but the law did not allow it.

Speaking before the debate, Ms Jones said: “I will again be raising the issues of the Justice for Robert campaign and calling for the Government to commit to review the sentencing guidelines as my Bill proposed.

“This debate will be answered by a Government minister so hopefully we may learn from it what the Government proposes to do.”

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