28 July 2017

Clinton Pringle’s parents slam ‘sickening’ soft sentence handed to driver who mowed down and killed their son, 3, while texting at the wheel

THE GRIEVING parents of a three-year-old boy killed by a van driver texting at the wheel have slammed her sentence, describing it as “an absolute joke”.

Clinton Pringle was hit by a VW Transporter driven by Rebekah Le Gal while crossing the road during a family holiday in Jersey in June last year.


The sentence given to the driver who killed tragic Clinton Pringle has been slammed by parents Mark and Stacey[/caption]

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Clinton, from Lanarkshire, was on a family holiday in Jersey when he was hit by a van[/caption]

Clinton was crossing a road when he was mowed down by driver

The 39-year-old admitted sending a text when she was interviewed – but claimed it had not distracted her and described it as a “measured act”.

Her trial last month saw her cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after admitting the lesser charge of death by careless driving.

And yesterday Le Gal was given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years and a driving ban.

It prompted Clinton’s father Michael, to tell The Daily Record: “It’s an absolute joke. The justice system has allowed her to get away with killing our wee boy.

“She will never serve any time in jail, there’s no real punishment for what she’s done.

“When the verdict was read out I stood up in the gallery, applauded and shouted, ‘bravo’ then walked out of court.”

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Clinton’s father Michael described him as a ‘wonderful child’[/caption]

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Clinton’s dad Michael labelled the suspended sentence ‘no real punishment’[/caption]

And now the couple have asked the Attorney General to look again at the case – after describing the trial as not “fair or equitable”.

But Michael, 50 and wife Stacey, 29, from Lanarkshire, Scotland also told how they are taking solace in the fact that after Clinton’s death, they donated his organs to give other children the chance of life.

Michael – who was in Greece visiting friends while his wife was in Jersey with Clinton – flew back to spend his son’s last days with him in Southampton Hospital.

Speaking following the trail, he said: “We won’t be able to pick up the pieces and move on. We will forever be stuck in June 2016.

“Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Clinton will remember what a wonderful child he was. Nothing will ever compensate for his loss at such a young age.

“The facts of his death are now down on record for all to see.

“The most obvious fact is that Rebekah Le Gal had plenty of time to see him and stop safely and should have. But she didn’t.

“It’s been an absolutely horrendous time for all of us.

“For me, it was the first time I had seen the fine details of what happened and I think people can make their mind up.”

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