AN MP has questioned the nine-year sentence given to a man who admitted causing the deaths of two teenage girls in Gosport.
Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, spoke at Prime Minister’s Questions to ask David Cameron to look at the maximum sentence available for causing death by dangerous driving.
It comes after Samuel Etherington, 20, admitted two counts of death by dangerous driving last week after killing Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, in Ann’s Hill Road last year.
As reported in The News, Jasmine’s mum Rosemary, 37, branded the sentence ‘absolutely disgusting.’
Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms Dinenage said: ‘Last week a judge sentenced a Gosport man to nine years in prison for causing the death by dangerous driving of two teenage girls.
‘Given that it amounts to effectively four years per life does the Prime Minister agree that it’s high time we looked again at the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving?’
Mr Cameron replied: ‘Death by dangerous is indeed an issue that was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions last week.
‘I think it’s important that the Lord Chancellor and his department look carefully at what more we can do to make sure we send the clearest possible message about the unacceptability of this crime.’
The maximum sentence for the crime is 14 years.
As reported, Ms Dinenage told The News she would consider asking for Etherington’s sentence to be reviewed if the family want it.
Etherington had taken drugs and was travelling at more than twice the 30mph speed limit when his souped up green Honda Civic hit Jasmine and Olivia.
He was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the best friends at about 65mph as they stood near the middle of the road with their arms around each other, Winchester Crown Court heard last Thursday.
Jasmine, who lived yards from where the crash happened near the Ann’s Hill Road junction with Brougham Street at about 4.15am on November 3, died at the scene.
Olivia, 16, was taken to hospital where she later died.
Unemployed sports coach Etherington, of Stoners Close, Gosport, who was unhurt, had denied two counts of manslaughter.
However he was jailed after the Crown Prosecution Service accepted his guilty plea to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.