Parents of girl, four, killed by 83mph driver for tougher sentences for death by dangerous driving

Mail Online | 7/8/2019 | Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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The grieving parents of a four-year-old girl who was killed by a driver in a stolen car have called for tougher sentences for dangerous driving.

Violet-Grace Youens was knocked down by a black Ford car as she walked home with her grandmother in St Helens, Merseyside, in March 2017.

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Aidan McAteer, then 23, pleaded guilty to causing her death by dangerous driving and was jailed for nine years and four months but could be eligible for early release.

Now Violet-Grace's parents Rebecca and Glenn Youens are campaigning for 'a life sentence for a life taken', reports the BBC.

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In 2017 the Government promised life sentences for death by dangerous driving but no legislation has been passed two years on.

Speaking with the BBC Mrs Youens said: 'We have a life sentence, Glenn [Violet's father] has a life sentence and most importantly Violent has a life sentence.

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'Since Violet's death other families have suffered too. We're all being insulted by the current system and that is why it needs to change.'

Mrs Youens said she believes McAteer and his passenger Dean Brennan should be in 'prison for life' and that death by dangerous driving is 'looked upon too leniently.'

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Brennan, 27, fled with McAteer after the crash and was also jailed for six years and eight months.

In an online petition, which has received more than 160,000 signatures, Mrs Youens explained how she doesn't want other families to suffer like her own.

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She said: 'The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone.

'They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries.

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'They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. I don't want other families...
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