Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Ben Gummer vows to take Scott Nicholls case up with justice secretary

15:55 26 February 2013

Emma Harold and Kate Wasyluk were killed when road menace Scott Nicholls crashed into them in Foxhall Road in February 2009. Beccy Rutter, right, survived but was left with serious, life-changing injuries

Emma Harold and Kate Wasyluk were killed when road menace Scott Nicholls crashed into them in Foxhall Road in February 2009. Beccy Rutter, right, survived but was left with serious, life-changing injuries

©Archant Photographic 2009

AN Ipswich MP has vowed to speak to the justice secretary after readers called for a change in the law regarding criminals in need of treatment in mental health hospitals.

shares

It comes as the families of Emma Harold and Kate Wasyluk – killed in a road crash on February 21, 2009 – questioned why the driver, Scott Nicholls, served just over a month in prison for taking two lives.

Nicholls was released on Friday, the day after the fourth anniversary of the horrific Foxhall Road crash, after serving the majority of his four-year sentence in a mental health hospital.

He was only discharged from hospital into jail in January – a month before his release date.

When he ploughed into the friends and Emma’s younger sister Beccy, Nicholls was speeding, over the legal alcohol limit and had traces of heroin and ecstasy in his system.

Emma, 26 and 25-year-old Kate were killed while Beccy was left with life-changing injuries.

Kate’s brother Remy Wasyluk has called for a change in the law, demanding that criminals deemed unfit to serve in prison should be treated in hospital and then released into jail to start their sentence.

A poll on The Star’s website attracted more than 450 responses with an overwhelming 87% of respondents agreeing that the law must be changed.

And Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said he would be raising the matter with cabinet minister Chris Grayling.

“I am concerned about this and will be raising it with the Secretary of State for Justice,” Mr Gummer said.

“The law should be just and fair for victims of crime.”

Mr Wasyluk added: “It’s good to hear that 87% of readers agree with me.

“It proves that my thoughts are rational and not just born out of a sense of injustice.

“I’d now love to hear a solid argument from the judicial service as to how they feel the law currently punishes the guilty.

“Continuously in our society we witness examples of how the perpetrators of crime are protected and supported.

“There never seems to be any real action to punish people and make them pay for the crimes they commit.

“With no such deterrent I think certain people will go about their lives with a selfish regard for anyone around them, leading to more people senselessly getting knocked down and killed on our roads. “With almost 90% of the poll agreeing with me I look forward to hearing the views of the justice secretary.”

Related articles

shares

4 comments

  • Why Ben Gummer is getting involved i want to know, normally he is happy to sit on the fence. And it is no good him talking to the justice system because they are probably the biggest joke in this country next to the government. We can see by the comments of local people there is uproar over this but nothing will come of it because the powers that be, including the ipswich star will want to brush it under the table.

    Report this comment

    pukkatrukka

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Makes me sick how soft this country is on criminals. He should have got life at a hard prison like Shawshank! Not these holiday camps that we call prisons now.

    Report this comment

    RC

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Gummer should resign.

    Report this comment

    PC Plod

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL ... I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT ..TWO PRETTY GIRLS LOST THEIR LIVES TO THIS MORON ..HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT DOWN A DISUSED COAL MINE SEALED IT UP AND FORGOTTEN ABOUT

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

An artist's impression of the new heritage centre.

A proposal to develop a new £17m heritage centre to hold most of Suffolk’s Records at Ipswich’s UCS campus is expected to be endorsed by the county’s cabinet next week.

A double lightining strike has hit and destroyed a house. Darren Hobson surveys the damage. Picture: Stephen Huntley.

A hero father-of-six who led his family to safety following a lightning strike to his home has praised his neighbours’ support.

Stuart Cullen, from the Lowestoft area, who died in the terrorist attack in Tunisia.

The family of a man who died in the Tunisian massacre have paid tribute to their “third musketeer”.

Joy Poppy, aged 82, who died following a collision in Woodbridge on July 1

Mrs Poppy died after a collision in New Street, Woodbridge, on Wednesday.

Libby Brown headteacher at Kyson Primary, Woodbridge.

A board of school governors has launched a fierce attack on Suffolk County Council after their headteacher had to stop work for seven weeks.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy with one of the Scamnesty bids

A Suffolk Trading Standards Scamnesty campaign is using special bins across the county in a bid to snare unscrupulous conmen.

Cedar House, Pytches Road, Melton - set to have ten new homes in its grounds.

Developers who have bought a prime site on the edge of Woodbridge from the district council expect to submit proposals to create new homes next month.

Beach patrol rescue spaniels from Clacton beach.
Owner and her dogs.

A beach patrol team at Clacton swung into action to rescue two dogs yesterday evening.

Police in Ipswich are investigating a number of incidents where eggs were thrown at people and buildings in the town.

Culford Girls under 18 Hockey Team January 1990

Were you a member of the Culford girls under 18 hockey team in January 1990. Were you in the squad photographed here?

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages