21st Sep, 2018

Coventry council will today call for tougher sentences for fatal driving offences

Felix Nobes 10th Jul, 2018 Updated: 10th Jul, 2018

COVENTRY City Council will today call on the government to issue tougher sentences to motorists who cause death by dangerous driving.

The call follows the tragic deaths of brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two respectively, in February.

Robert Brown was sentenced to nine years for causing the deaths of the brothers while high on cocaine – after pleading guilty.

The Court of Appeal will today deliver its verdict on increasing Robert Brown’s controversial sentence.

At a previous hearing, Brown, 53, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, Coventry, also pleaded guilty to driving the Focus while disqualified, having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.

A motion from councillor Abdul Khan, seconded by Coun McNicholas, is being taken to full council today (Tuesday, 10 July).

It states: “Following the tragic deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May on February 22 Coventry City Council calls upon the Justice Secretary, demanding tougher sentences be introduced now in respect to death caused by dangerous driving.

“Although those who have campaigned for tougher sentences were incredibly relieved last October that the government intended to toughen sentences but remain disappointed that ten months later we are still waiting for changes to be introduced.

“Ministers need to make Parliamentary time available as a matter of the utmost priority.

“Because, as we wait, more and more families are being forced to suffer not only a lifetime of grief at the unnecessary loss of their loved ones, but the double injustice of seeing their killers receive prison sentences of just a few years, which does not reflect the severity and impact of the crime.

“The tragic killing of Cory and Casper Platt-May on February 22 underlines this fact.

“Had the law been changed their killer would be serving a sentence which better reflects that horrendous crime.

“We call upon the government to introduce legislation immediately so that no more families need to suffer this injustice and that a letter be sent to both the Justice Secretary and Prime Minister to inform them of this resolution”.

The statement is expected to be supported by all councillors.

Leader of the council George Duggins added: “Casper and Corey Platt-May were killed by a dangerous driver who should never have been on the road.

“On behalf of their family and all communities and wards in the city, we believe it is absolutely vital that ministers in the Houses of Parliament look at proposals for tougher sentences for drivers who kill. This needs to be made law as soon as is practically possible.”

Coun Duggins is calling on all media outlets to help collect as many signatures as possible with an aim to reach 100,000 to encourage the government to consider a full Parliamentary debate on the issue.

Coun Gary Ridley, leader of the Conservative Group, added: “Like many in Coventry I felt that the sentencing in this case was too lenient. Even if the maximum sentence was passed, I do not believe it would reflect the seriousness of this horrific crime, and the lifetime of grief and loss the family of Corey and Casper now face.

“I would urge government to toughen sentences for the perpetrators of these types of crimes which leave behind a trail of destruction and heartache for innocent victims and their families, friends and the wider community.”

Free Radio has organised a petition with the family to help get justice for the Coventry brothers. People can sign the petition by visiting the Free Radio website. People can follow the campaign on #Driveitthru.

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