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MacColl's mother's justice mission
Jean MacColl, mother of singer Kirsty MacColl
Jean MacColl wants to launch new legal proceedings
The mother of late singer Kirsty MacColl is to travel to Mexico, where the star died, in an attempt to get justice for her daughter.

Jean MacColl, 79, will travel to see the driver of the speedboat that hit Kirsty be sentenced in court.

Jose Cenyam, who was at the controls of the boat, has been found guilty of negligent homicide and will be sentenced in two weeks.

The singer died while diving with her two sons on holiday off Cozumel, south-east Mexico in December 2000.

Kirsty MacColl had four UK top 20 hits Questions surround how much experience Mr Cenyam had of driving powerful speedboats, and where the boat was when it hit the singer.

Her mother says it was in a national park area where such boats are banned.

Singer Kirsty MacColl
Kirsty MacColl had four UK top 20 hits
"After this young man has been sentenced, I'm still not satisfied that justice has been done," she told BBC London News.

"Kirsty should not have died. I want to know why the owner of the boat allowed a deckhand, who had never driven it before, to take over."

The daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl, Kirsty was best known for her 1987 Christmas hit with The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, and the hit single There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis.

MacColl's other hits include a cover of Billy Bragg's song A New England, and a version of The Kinks' track Days.

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