A14 death crash driver deserved harsher sentence, says MP

William Wilson
William Wilson

An MP says a jail sentence handed down to a drink driver who killed a young couple was not long enough.

William Wilson crashed into a car driven along the A14 by Stephen Donnelly, 26, who was originally from Kettering, and Mandy Gold, 21, in June.

Wilson, 33, from Humberside, drove the wrong way down the dual carriageway, colliding head on with the young couple’s vehicle. At Northampton Crown Court this week, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

But Philip Hollobone, who represents Kettering, told MPs yesterday (Thursday) Wilson should have been handed a more severe sentence.

Asking the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley, for a Parliamentary debate on sentences given to drink drivers and those who cause death by dangerous driving, Mr Hollobone said: “He will have been as saddened as I was to learn of a fatal car accident that occurred in the summer on the A14 near Kettering, in which two young people in their twenties lost their lives because a drunk driver was driving along the road in the wrong direction.

“That drunk driver was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by Northampton Crown Court. Along with many of my constituents, I feel that that simply is not enough.”

In response, Mr Lansley said the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice had asked the Sentencing Council to review sentences for driving offences, including the offence of causing death through dangerous driving.