October 29, 2012


Jane Hofmeister lost her 13-year-old daughter after she was knocked down in June last year. However, it has taken more than a year for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Leanne Burnell, 21 and Leonard Jones, 42 both left a pub in separate cars and played a game of ‘cat and mouse’ through Taunton Town Centre at more than twice the 30mph speed limit. Witnesses say they were overtaking, driving down bus lanes and speeding excessively.

Jones, admitted causing Amy’s death by dangerous driving and received a sentence of seven years in jail. However, Burnell denied the same charges and was originally handed an 18-month sentence.

After Jane Hofmeister campaigned to increase Burnell’s sentence, her sentence was reviewed and increased to three and a half years when three Court of Appeal judges agreed the first sentence was “unduly lenient”.

Ms Hifmeister said she felt Burnell showed “no remorse” for her involvement in her daughter’s death. She hopes that by fighting to increase the prison sentence it will not only teach Burnell a lesson but send a message out to other drivers that there can be terrible consequences getting behind the wheel after a drink.

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