Sister of Sheffield crash victim demands tougher drink driving sentences

Lliam Oliver - killed in car crash
Lliam Oliver - killed in car crash
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THE grieving sister of a man killed in a horror smash is calling for the driver to be banned from the roads for life - after he was caught drunk behind a wheel again.

Christopher Deakin-Frith, aged 21, killed his friend Lliam Oliver, 33, and Lliam’s girlfriend Sarah Kate O’Melia, 23, in 2008 after losing control of his car on Beaverhill Road, Woodhouse.

He vowed he would never get behind the wheel of a vehicle again - but this month he was back before Sheffield Crown Court for drink driving.

Today Nicola Oliver - Lliam’s heartbroken sister - said she is still struggling to come to terms with her brother’s premature death and branded Deakin-Frith ‘a danger to society’.

The mum-of-four told The Star: “He is a danger to society in a car - he admitted he was speeding when he killed my brother and his girlfriend, and now he has been caught drink driving.

“It is like he has learned nothing.

“I think he should have been banned for driving for life and I want a court to look at his case again.

“Our family, and Sarah Kate’s are still suffering, yet the person who caused the crash is free to walk the streets and put other lives at risk - he needs to be stopped.”

The 40-year-old added: “I am going to launch a petition asking the courts to look at this whole case again.”

Deakin-Frith was speeding despite icy conditions when he crashed into a Mini Cooper travelling in the opposite direction on New Year’s Eve 2008.

He was prosecuted for causing death by careless driving, and given a suspended 12 month prison sentence.

Three years on he was found slumped over his steering wheel after parking on Corporation Street in Sheffield following a night out.

The court heard his eyes were closed and, when he was woken, he had difficulty focusing, was rambling, and stumbled when he got out of the car.

When breathalysed, three hours later, he was still twice the legal drink drive limit.

Deakin-Frith was given one ‘last chance’ by Mr Recorder Tim Gittins, who said his actions had put lives at risk.

He banned him from driving for two years, put him on a curfew, sentenced him to a 12-month community order and an unpaid work order.

Nicola said she was disappointed with the latest sentence handed down to her brother’s killer, and thinks both sentences were too lenient.

Visit www.change.org/petitions/hm-court-services-re-trial-of-mr-christopher-deakin-frith to sign the family’s petition.