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'Relief' over driver's sentence

Finlay Woods
Finlay was with his mother and grandmother when the crash happened

The parents of a baby killed when a car mounted the kerb and hit his pushchair said they were relieved to hear the driver would get a lengthy sentence.

Katie Gutierrez-Perez, 40, admitted causing the death of 15-month-old Finlay Woods by dangerous driving in Chingford, east London, in September.

She also admitted driving without insurance and was told a "substantial custodial sentence" was inevitable.

She was remanded in custody to 7 January for sentence.

'Off the streets'

Appearing via video link at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, Gutierrez-Perez, of of Selwyn Avenue, Chingford, wept as she admitted causing the boy's death.

Judge Timothy King told her: "A substantial custodial sentence will be inevitable."

Finlay's mother Tina Woods, 31, said afterwards that the prospect of a long sentence for Gutierrez-Perez was a relief.

But she said: "No sentence, 10 years, 50 years, would ever make us feel any better, or bring Finlay back, but it will keep her off the streets."

Her husband Roger, 32, said: "It was good to hear him [Judge Timothy King] say she would get a lengthy sentence."

Finlay was with his mother and grandmother in Cavendish Road, Chingford, when a four-wheel-drive vehicle being driven by Gutierrez-Perez mounted the pavement.

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