Fam­ily’s suf­fer­ing was un­ac­cept­able

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

IT’S been too long com­ing but the fam­ily of Robert Gon­za­lez have fi­nally seen jus­tice done over his death. His mother tells of the tor­ment they suf­fered as the Ger­man lorry driver who caused her son’s death man­aged to dodge prison for five years. Her­bert Glaesser was mak­ing his first trip to the UK when he parked on the fast lane of the M26, think­ing it was the hard shoul­der. Mr Gon­za­lez, a fa­ther-of-one, was fa­tally in­jured when he crashed into the un­lit trailer in the dark­ness. Glaesser is fi­nally be­hind bars af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to four years in prison by a judge at Maid­stone Crown Court in July 2007, when he was al­ready back in Ger­many. But Mr Gon­za­lez’s fam­ily is quite rightly ask­ing why it took al­most three years for the sen­tence to be en­forced. His brother Miguel has now lodged a com­plaint to Brus­sels, claim­ing that there should be a bet­ter le­gal frame­work to pre­vent such an un­just state of af­fairs. He says: “This is, af­ter all, the 21st cen­tury and we are talk­ing about two mem­ber states of the EU.” It is hard to dis­agree.

MORE dis­quiet this week over the treefelling spree at the Junc­tion 9 and Drovers round­abouts in Ash­ford. The county coun­cil claims the lane-widen­ing works will make it eas­ier to travel across town. It has also promised com­plete re­land­scap­ing of the area to make it green again. We will be keep­ing a watch­ful eye to see if both pledges are ful­filled.

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