THE family of a student killed by a speeding driver who are campaigning for tougher sentences have been left disappointed by the responses so far but are vowing to continue their fight.
Wisbech university student Jamie Butcher was killed in February 2011 by a speeding driver who was doing almost double the speed limit on Churchill Road.
His family have started a campaign, ‘Justice for Jamie’ and have been in talks with local MP Steve Barclay.
Mr Barclay spoke with the Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke but Jamie’s mother Tina Butcher and stepfather Steve Green said the response from the Ministry of Justice was that they could not comment on individual cases.
Mr Barclay also wrote to Lord Justice Leveson at the Sentencing Council on the family’s behalf, but they were again left disappointed with the response that “we are engaged in an ongoing programme of work including the revision of existing guidelines”.
Steve Green said: “I am determined to push this issue as far as I can to try and get proper justice for the bereaved families of future victims.”
Steve and Tina met with Mr Barclay recently and were pleased to hear that he is still behind them and will be asking questions in the House. He is also going to start an e-petition for them.
The family are in the process of setting up a website – www.justiceforjamie.co.uk – which will link together all their efforts and provide information to others affected.