13 April 2016
Justice For Joseph Heads to Downing Street
The parents of a young man killed in a horrific road traffic accident are taking their campaign for tougher sentences to Downing Street.
The campaign, ‘Justice for Joseph’, hopes to see tougher sentences for dangerous drivers following the death of Joseph Brown-Lartey, 25, in 2014.
Ian and Dawn Brown-Lartey’s petition has already been signed by more than 20,000 people including Heywood and Middleton MP Liz McInnes and Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West.
A consultation is set for September in hopes changes to the law will come into effect by 2018.
Joseph Brown-Lartey was killed instantly when Addil Haroon’s speeding car crashed into his vehicle at 80 miles per hour on a 30 miles per hour road in Rochdale in 2014.
Haroon – who had previously taken a Snapchat photo of his speedometer which showed him travelling at 142 miles per hour on the M62 – had sped through a red light, splitting Joseph’s vehicle in two upon impact.
Harroon, 19, had no licence or insurance and was thought to be racing at the time of the collision. He was given six years in jail.
Upon consideration, the attorney general deemed the sentencing was not “unduly lenient”.
Joseph’s parents are delivering the petition in person to the Prime Minister’s residence today.
Dawn Brown-Lartey told the Mirror: “If we can change the laws so dangerous, irresponsible drivers are given harsher sentences then maybe they will think twice before behaving so recklessly.
“Lenient sentences like that aren’t a strong enough deterrent to stop others from doing the same. It’s a slap on the wrist not a punishment. That man will never understand the everlasting impact of devastation he has caused.”
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