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Drunk driver who killed Strabane man ‘should have got 15 years’ in jail
A DRUNK driver who killed Strabane man Simon Glenn should serve 15 years in prison instead of three, an MLA has said.
Ross Hussey spoke out after being handed a 4,000 signature petition calling for Conor Breen’s sentence to be increased. The petition, launched by members of the Glenn family, will be presented to the Assembly in September.
Simon Glenn was killed when the car he was driving along Omagh’s Doogary Road was ploughed into by a drunken Conor Breen last year. Other members of the Glenn family and his girlfriend were injured however they survived the brutal collision With Breen’s 4×4.
There was a huge public outcry when Breen, who was more than twice the legal limit when he careered into the Glenn car, was jailed for only three years. He will serve a further four on licence.
Outraged, the Strabane family launched a brave and unswerving campaign to have that sentence increased and to have the laws governing jail terms for drink drivers changed. And speaking this week, Mr Hussey said that the weight of public opinion in the wake of Breen’s sentence could actually bring about that change.