Dangerous Driving Offences (Sentencing)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:49 pm on 4th November 2014.

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Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Conservative, Reading West 4:49 pm, 4th November 2014

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I will make the case for changing the law, but she has set out clearly that at the end of the day we are talking about families and justice. That is what we are all fighting for in this House. As I said, the families started a life sentence—a life without their loved ones—on 13 February. By contrast, Walter got 10 years and three months for killing two innocent men. He committed what I understand from the Crown Prosecution Service guidance to be a level 1 offence. He was also responsible for just about every aggravating factor listed in the guidance that anyone could think of. Perhaps the Minister will comment, but why on earth was the maximum tariff of 14 years not levied against that man?