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Driving Offences (Sentencing)

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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11.29 pm

I have been asked to present a petition signed by more than 3,600 of my North Belfast constituents and others, concerning the tragic death of Thomas McDonald, who was deliberately run down and killed on the Whitewell road in my constituency in September 2001. The petition states:

The Petition of Residents of North Belfast and elsewhere declares that 16 year old Thomas McDonald was run down and killed in September 2001; that the driver of the car, despite the circumstances, only received a prison sentence of two years; and that this is a travesty of justice.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Attorney General to review the case and to seek the imposition of a heavier sentence in this and other such cases.

To lie upon the Table.