Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Don't Let Killer Driver Behind Wheel Again

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Don't Let Killer Driver Behind Wheel Again

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THE mum of an eight-year-old hit and run victim has blasted the sentence given to the man who killed her son and warned that the of-f fender could do it again.

Ashley Lindo was sentenced to 18 months in prison for dangerous driving on Monday after a highspeed car chase around the streets of central Middlesbrough in April.

Lindo, 24, of Orwell Street, Middlesbrough, was locked up for causing the death of Daniel Conroy Curtin by dangerous driving in 2006, serving half of a three-year sentence.

Daniel had been playing near Riverside Park, near the Newport Bridge, in Middlesbrough, when joyrider Lindo struck him in a stolen car.

Lindo's latest sentence comes after he sped through residential streets, mounted pavements and drove through pedestrian alleyways in a police chase just streets from his original crime.

Daniel's devastated mum Clare, 38, said: "I said from the beginning that he would keep doing it again and again, and he has proved that.

"I think what makes me more angry is that at his age he should have been given a tougher sentence. He's not 16 any more. Surely he has some idea of what is right and wrong.

"What I cannot understand is after he knocked Daniel over and killed him, he got a driving ban, and he got another driving ban when he was in court again, but he was still allowed to get a provisional and start again.

"He should never be allowed behind a wheel again in his life, but still, I can't see that stopping him. Even if he did keep himself out of trouble, there is always that chance that it happens again. " Clare protested against the length of Lindo's original sentence, and told judges that he should not be allowed back into Middlesbrough on his release.

Only months after serving his first sentence, Lindo was sent back to a young offenders' insitution after he was caught again. I don't think the sentence will make any difference to him. There is no remorse there. No feeling for other people," she continued. …

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