Heartbroken family of ‘perfect’ Jamie Butcher vow to fight for tougher death crash sentences
THE heartbroken family of crash victim Jamie Butcher has vowed to fight for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers.
Mum Tina, sister Hollie and stepfather Steve Green wept in the public gallery yesterday as the court heard details of Jamie’s death. Badges bearing the name RoadPeace – a charity for crash victims – were fixed to their clothes.
Michael Moore, of Murrow Lane, Parson Drove, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. As he was taken away to begin his 43-month prison sentence, a tearful Mr Green shouted: “Do you understand what you have done you heartless bastard?”
And, speaking after the case, Jamie’s stepfather said the family would campaign to increase the punishments imposed on dangerous drivers.
He said: “We are going to try and do some work to increase the sentences handed out in these cases.
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“There is something wrong when you pinch a pair of Reeboks during a riot and you get a similar sentence to a dangerous driver who has killed somebody.”
Mr Green said he had sent a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Justice asking how many drivers had been given the maximum sentence – 14 years – for causing death on the country’s roads.
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The family, from Wisbech, is also planning to hold a fundraising event for RoadPeace later this year.
Jamie was knocked down and killed a day after he had been accepted by Manchester University to study for a post-graduate degree in law and human rights.
The 22-year-old, whose real father died when he was young, had previously graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in psychology.
Sister Hollie, 20, said: “He had never done anything wrong. He was an A* student and he was so well-liked that his old teachers from Neale-Wade even came to his funeral.
“He was like a social network. Every one of his friends knew each other because of him. He was the centre. I’m not exaggerating because I love him, that’s just how he was.
“So many people have said to me that they wish he was their brother. I’m blessed.”
She added: “We have got to live with this for the rest of our lives because we knew him. We knew his laugh, we knew his voice and that man has destroyed that.
“He has destroyed a lovely person and he has destroyed the perfect family.”
Hollie said she was planning to travel across the world, and said she would leave a picture of Jamie at all the landmarks she visits.
Mr Green said: “Jamie had a personality that was just magnetic. Everyone he met he seemed to bond with. He really was a special person.
“He was like the perfect stepson.”
Mum Tina added: “I have often said that Jamie was too good for this world. Our loss is heaven’s gain.”