BANNED FROM DRIVING EIGHT TIMES AND THEN KILLED WOMAN IN HIT AND RUN – Yesterday Stephen Palmer, pictured below, was jailed for just five and a half years for murdering Louise Clark after he lost control of his car, due to excessive speed, which left Louise on a life support machine for seven days before the decision was taken to turn it off.
Witnesses at the scene reported how Palmer was ‘driving like an idiot’ and despite the eight time ban this didn’t prevent him from getting behind the wheel.
At the scene of the murder Miss Clark, 38, was trapped inside the vehicle as rescue workers furiously worked to free her from the wreckage. Miss Clark was air-lifted to hospital suffering two broken legs and serious brain injury to which she never recovered.
Witnesses described the events as Palmer lost control at high speed in a Honda Civic, of which he borrowed from a friend, in Uxbridge, West London and ploughed head on into Louise Clark’s car.
“She was a gregarious young woman, deeply loved by those that knew her. There was no attempt to go to Miss Clark with succour or call the emergency services and your driving record is appalling.” Judge John Dennis
Palmer had a string of motoring offense including dangerous driving after crashing into a home at high-speed when trying to avoid police during one incident. On the other occasions his list of motoring offenses include drink driving, driving while disqualified, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and car theft.
After the accident Palmer fled the scene but through eyewitnesses he was quickly identified, tracked down and arrested.
I have a real problem writing articles such as this as it is difficult to keep my amazement at the injustice of all this and keep my anger in check.
Where to start with my views? Let me start off by asking you not to tell me I am wrong when I used the word ‘murder’ above and on more than one occasion. While we as a society like to label this an accident; it is in my view nothing of the kind, but rather it was cold and calculated murder.
Palmer was banned from driving no less than eight times and the fact that he has never acquired a driving licence in the first place is testament to his complacency for the law and the safety of other road users. His actions, which were illegal, caused the death of an innocent person not through an unfortunate set of circumstance but rather by design and intent.
Do you still think this was an accident?
There is a reason we are required by law to take driving lessons, pass a theory and practical test, and that is to teach us to drive to a safe standard and learn that a motor vehicle in the hands of the ignorant and inept is nothing less than akin to walking around with a loaded gun.
Society, in my view, can label this with whatever they want; in this case an accident, if that is what makes their conscience feel any better; but for me, knowingly getting behind the wheel while legally not being permitted to do so clearly shows ‘intent’ and therefore if a life is taken in the process the charge should be that of ‘premeditated murder’ and as such there should be only one justifiable sentence, either life or better yet the death penalty.
As far as his ‘friends’ lending Palmer their vehicle, they also should be held as an accessory to murder and therefore face a minimum of 25 years.
The tragedy here is that an innocent woman has lost her life and with Palmer’s clear attitude towards the law it is more than likely he’ll be out in less than 3 years and once again on the roads with the clear intend of murdering his next victim.
We need a change in the law, one that takes out the Liberal-Left view that criminals are a product of unfortunate circumstance and treat them as they are… criminals who need to face real justice.
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