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CHINGFORD: Family fear meeting killer
A DRINK driver who killed a toddler is living just a few miles away from her victim's grieving family after being released from prison.
Katie Guiterrez-Perez has settled in Epping after serving three years of a seven-year sentence following the death of 15-month old Finlay Woods.
He died after being crushed by the 43-year-old's 4x4 outside Selwyn Primary School in 2008 after she had taken a cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs.
And the toddler's grieving mother, Tina Woods, said she now lives in fear of bumping into her son's killer.
The 35-year-old, of Winchester Road in Highams Park, said: "We can't understand why she's been allowed to move so close.
"God knows I won't know what I would do if we came face to face with her. The thought of it makes me sick to my stomach."
The mum-of-five said her family regular visits Epping, where they shop and attend kids' clubs, and they formally objected to her moving to the area.
And now she thinks a chance meeting is likely. "I have no doubt I will see her back here. We heard she was back from friends who saw her out in Epping."
"Coming here shows a lack of remorse and a lack of respect for Finlay's memory.
"It doesn't help us carry on with our lives. It's all still raw for us, it's still as if it was yesterday. Her being so close just makes it worse."
Guiterrez-Perez is banned from entering "exclusion zones", namely Wanstead, Chingford and Loughton, but Mrs Woods is angry the prohibition was not extended to Epping.
"The system is weighted in favour of the offender," she said. "The victim's family has no say in where the offender goes ultimately. It's an absolute farce.
"The sentence was bad enough - three years doesn't seem long enough for what she's done."
The Woods family was angry that Finlay's killer was granted frequent weekend releases and visited Epping before her release.
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