Government suspends Stoke Sentinel Sharlotte-Sky Naglis justice bid

A regional daily’s attempt to seek justice for a six-year-old girl killed by a drunk and drugged driver has been stopped by the British government.

HTFP reported earlier this month that Stoke-on-Trent daily The Sentinel supported the family of Sharlotte-Sky Naglis after John Owen, who was almost twice over the drinking limit, had cocaine in her system and had been wheeling her mobile phone when he hit her, was sentenced to just six years in prison.

The Sentinel called the sentence an ‘insult’ to the child’s memory, but Solicitor General Michael Tomlinson has now refused an appeal backed by more than 5,000 people to send Owen’s sentence to the Court of Appeal .

The Sentinel splashed the backhand of Sharlotte’s mum, Claire Reynolds, yesterday, pictured below.

Editor Marc Waddington told HTFP: “I think it’s fair to say that Sharlotte’s family have felt very frustrated throughout the legal process.

“Not only has it taken a year to bring Owen to justice, but the justice delivered is well below what they believe to be which would come even closer to reflecting the gravity of his crime and the devastation he caused. .

“For one of the government’s most experienced lawyers, deciding that the punishment given to Owen fit the crime only added to their anguish.

“It’s hard to argue with Sharlotte’s mother Claire’s view that a sentence like that doesn’t sound very dissuasive.

“Such short-term sentences can never reflect the lasting pain and suffering that people like Owen cause the families of their victims.”

In a letter to Ms Reynolds, Mr Tomlinson said ‘the hurdle to increasing a sentence is very high’ and said he had found Judge Paul Glenn applied ‘appropriately’ sentencing guidelines.

He wrote: “I understand that, given the seriousness of the offender’s behavior and the horrific consequences, this sentence does not seem appropriate.

“Unfortunately, the excessive leniency test is so strictly applied that I would have been wrong to dismiss this case after concluding that the Court of Appeal was unlikely to increase the sentence.”

Mr Tomlinson added: ‘I am very sorry that I cannot give you the news you had hoped for, but rest assured that I have given your request and this matter the utmost attention.’

Elna M. Lemons