JUSTICE FOR JAMIE: Campaign set to go national as we demand tougher sentences for dangerous drivers
THE campaign to get justice for crash victim Jamie Butcher is set to go national with MP Steve Barclay planning to raise the case in the House of Commons.
Student Jamie 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 the 22-year-old.
He was jailed for just 43 months in April - a sentence the distraught Butcher family condemned as pathetic.
Jamie’s mother Tina, sister Hollie and stepfather Steve Green have since been joined by The Wisbech Standard and Mr Barclay to call for tougher sentences in death by dangerous driving cases.
Mr Barclay has sent letters to the Ministry of Justice and the Sentencing Council on the family’s behalf, but they received disappointing replies.
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Mr Barclay said: “The response wasn’t that helpful so we are going to launch a national campaign for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers.
“We will have a petition and we’re making a video. I will also raise the matter with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in the House of Commons.”
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Mr Green said he was also planning to launch a website dedicated to the Justice for Jamie campaign.
“I’m going to fight on,” he said. “I will give it as much as I can.
“I’m not comfortable with sitting back and moaning until I have taken things as far as I can. If you sit back and do nothing, then things won’t change.
“What happened to us has gone. That sentence is done. The main thrust of what we’re trying to do is to get things toughened up for future cases.
“At the moment, grief is compounded by the fact that people are getting ridiculous sentences. Mr Moore could be walking the streets again in under two years.”
The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving was raised from 10 years to 14 years in 2003.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year revealed that NO drivers had received that maximum sentence since it was introduced.
Mr Barclay said: “This is something that could happen to any of us and I feel very passionately about it. It’s important that if a family does suffer like this in the future, they feel that justice is done.
“When a family has lost a child in such tragic circumstances and feel like they are not being listened to, that’s the very essence of what an MP should campaign for.”
• FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CAMPAIGN AND HOW YOU CAN SIGN THE PETITION SEE NEXT WEEK’S PAPER.