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Drunk driver’s appeal bid fails


A DRUNK driver jailed for seven years for killing a 15-month-old boy has lost an appeal against her sentence.

Finlay Woods died in September last year when his pram was crushed by a four-wheel drive vehicle driven on to the pavement by Katie Gutierrez-Perez.

Mother-of-two Gutierrez-Perez, 41, of Chingford, east London, had downed two bottles of cider, wine and 1 4 sleeping tablets in a bid to kill herself, but changed her mind and was driving to hospital when the tragedy happened.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal i n London rejected the former restaurate­ur's challenge against the sentence imposed on her in January.

Lord Justice Aikens, who said the “facts of this tragic case are chilling”, announced that the sentence imposed was “absolutely correct”.

Gutierrez-Perez was jailed at London’s Snares brook Cr ow n Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

It was said on her behalf yesterday that at the time of the incident she was suffering “lamentable personal circumstan­ces”.

Finlay’s parents Tina and Roger Woods, both aged 32, of Highams Park, east London, welcomed the decision.

Mrs Woods said: “By not accepting that she alone is responsibl­e for his death, and taking the consequenc­es dealt out by the court in good grace, she has now opened up the wounds that have only just begun to heal over for so many people.”

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Finlay died after the car drove onto the pavement

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