Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jason Young and Tyrell O’Donnell who crippled woman in high speed car crash Jailed for just 18 months...All thanks to our Parliament

Image: Injured: Jackie Stretton suffered 'appalling injuries' as she broke her back and suffered bleeding to her brain in the crash

A judge has launched a stinging attack on the justice system after he was powerless to hand longer sentences to two men who left a young woman crippled in horrific car crash as they fled from police.

Judge Rodger Hayward-Smith QC had to sentence Jason Young, 21, and Tyrell O’Donnell, 20, to less than 18 months after they stole a car and fled police in a 100mph chase across two counties.

Their reckless high-speed chase ended when the pair lost control of the Fiat Stilo and smashed into Jackie Stretton’s VW Beetle leaving her severely injured.

Judge Hawyard-Smith stunned Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex, when he said the pair deserved much longer behind bars.

Directing his comments to the two men, he said: 'You will get out of prison and will get your life back but Jackie Stretton will never get over this, physically or mentally.

'It is absurd - if I just pass sentence and allow credit for your guilty pleas, because I have to - it will not be enough.

'It is awful. I am stuck with it because of what the law says, and I can’t abide it.

'Jackie Stretton has suffered a very great deal and both defendants are in their twenties with appalling previous records.

'You deserve, both of you, to go to prison for a very long time and I greatly regret that I am restricted in what sentence I can give you because of what Parliament has decided. Read More