Prescot Pair Sentenced over Crash That Killed Violet Youens

By on Friday, May 19, 2017

The driver of a car that killed a four-year-old girl and injured her 55-year-old grandmother has been sentenced today (Friday 19 May).

Aidan McAteer, 23, of Prescot, received nine years and four months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He fled the country after hitting Violet Youens and her grandmother, Angela French, in a stolen car on Friday 24 March.

Violet, from St Helens, died the following day. Her grandmother is still in hospital.

Dean Brennan, 27, also of Prescot, was given six years, eight months in prison for assisting an offender and aggravated vehicle taking. He was a passenger in the stolen car and helped McAteer evade justice.

Both pleaded guilty to the charges.

Detective Inspector Jason Pye of Merseyside Police said: “Today McAteer and Brennan were sentenced for their part in the collision which led to the death of Violet-Grace.

“Their actions in leaving the scene of their collision following the crash and continuing to attempt to evade justice rightly shocked and angered the local community and the people of Merseyside as a whole.

“I hope that their prison sentences will give them time to reflect on the consequences of their actions – not only on Violet-Grace’s family but their own families as well.

“Although no sentence, however long, can ever bring Violet-Grace back I hope that it gives her family some sense of closure and allows them to instead reflect on the love and happiness their daughter brought them.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Violet-Grace’s family for their courage and dignity throughout this whole process and also to the team of detectives who worked round the clock to find the people responsible and bring them to justice.”


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