CHINGFORD: Family fear meeting killer

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tina and Roger Woods with children Dexter and Raffie Tina and Roger Woods with children Dexter and Raffie

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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6:02pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Dave mp says...

The only word to describe this is unprintable, when are the victims going to get the help, support and justice that should be automatically given?
The only word to describe this is unprintable, when are the victims going to get the help, support and justice that should be automatically given? Dave mp
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7:29pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Tom Thumb says...

Victims like the Woods are very badly served by the British so-called justice system.

Apart from the issue of where this killer lives, what is truly disgusting is that Guiterrez-Perez was not banned from driving for life but instead will be getting her licence back.

Why should any drunk driver who kills ever be allowed to drive again? This case was about as bad as they come yet Guiterrez-Perez's supposed "right" to drive takes precedence over the feelings of Mr and Mrs Woods.

The other scandal is that Guiterrez-Perez had no insurance, like ten per cent of London drivers. Yet uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in criminal activity and use their vehicles to facilitate their offending. They are also five times more likely to have road collisions and less likely to have road-worthy vehicles. The Met bears a very heavy responsibility for this state of affairs, as it has a long and disreputable history of refusing to regard bad and lawless driving as criminal.

Driving while using a mobile phone is as dangerous as drunken driving, yet police enforcement is minimal and the penalties are derisory. The worst kind of driver has very good friends in the justice system, the police, and the two main political parties.
Victims like the Woods are very badly served by the British so-called justice system. Apart from the issue of where this killer lives, what is truly disgusting is that Guiterrez-Perez was not banned from driving for life but instead will be getting her licence back. Why should any drunk driver who kills ever be allowed to drive again? This case was about as bad as they come yet Guiterrez-Perez's supposed "right" to drive takes precedence over the feelings of Mr and Mrs Woods. The other scandal is that Guiterrez-Perez had no insurance, like ten per cent of London drivers. Yet uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in criminal activity and use their vehicles to facilitate their offending. They are also five times more likely to have road collisions and less likely to have road-worthy vehicles. The Met bears a very heavy responsibility for this state of affairs, as it has a long and disreputable history of refusing to regard bad and lawless driving as criminal. Driving while using a mobile phone is as dangerous as drunken driving, yet police enforcement is minimal and the penalties are derisory. The worst kind of driver has very good friends in the justice system, the police, and the two main political parties. Tom Thumb
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8:01am Thu 12 Apr 12

E4nanny says...

My heart goes out to this brave family their pain must be unbearable Drunk drivers should be charged with murder if they kill someone
My heart goes out to this brave family their pain must be unbearable Drunk drivers should be charged with murder if they kill someone E4nanny
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7:08pm Thu 12 Apr 12

Blod says...

The law has been served and as it stands at the moment that is sadly that.

This family should be getting counseling so that they can come to terms with their loss.

This sorry tale was more than likely exacerbated by involvement of the News of the World, with the continued media interest the perpetrator will more than likely end up getting a payout.

I for one will think only of his little soul and not read anymore stories about this horrid crime.
The law has been served and as it stands at the moment that is sadly that. This family should be getting counseling so that they can come to terms with their loss. This sorry tale was more than likely exacerbated by involvement of the News of the World, with the continued media interest the perpetrator will more than likely end up getting a payout. I for one will think only of his little soul and not read anymore stories about this horrid crime. Blod
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