JUSTICE FOR JAMIE: MP Steve Barclay calls for ‘urgent review’ of speeding driver sentences
PUBLISHED: 11:54 24 July 2012
NE CAMBS MP Steve Barclay has called for the sentences imposed on dangerous drivers to be reviewed after meeting the family of Wisbech crash victim Jamie Butcher.
Mr Barclay, who met Jamie’s family on Saturday, has written a letter to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke MP to call for an “urgent review” of sentencing guidelines in death by dangerous driving cases.
The news comes after The Wisbech Standard joined the Butcher family to demand tougher punishments for speeding drivers - and Justice for Jamie.
The 22-year-old student was mown down and killed on a pelican crossing in Churchill Road, Wisbech, in February last year.
Michael Moore, of Murrow Lane, Parson Drove, was doing almost twice the speed limit and had run a red light when he hit him. He was jailed for just 43 months.
Following Saturday’s emotional meeting, Mr Barclay has also called for a review of the facts in Jamie’s case.
“I was very moved by the meeting,” he said. “You can’t not be moved by the dignity that the family have shown. They have my full support.
“This has clearly been devastating for them and it is very commendable that they are working to try and help other families that might be in this situation.”
Jamie’s stepfather Steve Green showed Mr Barclay figures he had received from the Ministry of Justice relating to sentences in death by dangerous driving cases.
Mr Barclay said: “In 2003 the maximum sentence was increased from 10 to 14 years and yet since then only three cases have involved sentences of more than 10 years and not one 14-year sentence has been imposed.
“I have asked the Justice Secretary why sentencing guidelines appear to work against the increased tariff in death by dangerous driving cases.
“Secondly, I have asked him to look at the specific facts of Jamie’s case.
“I have asked whether a motorist travelling at twice the speed limit, going through a red light on a pedestrian crossing and showing no remorse is rightly categorised as a level two and not a more serious level three offence.”
Mr Green said: “The meeting was quite emotional and at times I was fighting back tears. It’s still very difficult to talk about Jamie but Steve was very sympathetic and has promised his full support to us.”
Mr Green and Tina Butcher, Jamie’s mum, presented a cheque for £1,000 to RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, at Onyx Court, Wisbech, on Saturday.
They raised the money by holding a jumble sale in memory of Jamie. A further £100 was raised during the cheque presentation with a prize raffle.