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Driver who killed schoolgirl released

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

Leanne Burnell is been released on licence after 21 months

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A driver who was jailed for causing the death of a schoolgirl cyclist has been given an exclusion order temporarily barring her from the town where her victim's family, and her own parents still live.

Leanne Burnell, 22, has been released from prison on licence 21 months into her three-and-a-half year sentence for her part in the death of Taunton schoolgirl Amy Hofmeister, aged 13. As one of the conditions of the licence, Burnell is banned from entering an area including Taunton and Bishop's Hull.

Burnell and her former boyfriend, Leonard Jones, 42, were racing each other in cars in Taunton in the lead up to the tragedy. The pair had been overtaking and travelling at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour area. Jones' car was in collision with Amy and then overturned. Both were found responsible for Amy's death and jailed. Burnell was originally jailed for 18 months but the Appeal Court ruled that the sentence was: "unduly lenient."

Burnell gave birth in the prison's mother and baby unit 18 months ago.

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  • StanStill  |  May 05 2014, 2:00PM

    Well said Free2opine, it wouldn't have been so bad if the Dross had shown some remorse, but she never did and never has to my knowledge. She should have been left to rot inside.

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  • Free2opine  |  May 05 2014, 12:22PM

    What a pity Amy Hofmeister doesn't have the choice, of being killed and not being killed. I am sure she would have loved to have grown up and had children of her own.

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  • StanStill  |  May 05 2014, 11:38AM

    Fancy letting this piece of Scum out early, she should have served the full sentence. Dross of the first order. Fancy allowing her to reproduce.