Merseyside Police welcomes sentencing of two men in connection with fatal crash

Violet Grace 6 Merseyside Police has today, Friday 19 May, welcomed the news that two men have been sentenced in connection with the death of four year-old Violet-Grace Youens in St Helens.

Violet-Grace passed away in hospital on Saturday 25 March, a day after a serious road traffic collision on Prescot Road, St Helens, in which she and her nannie Angela French, 55, were seriously injured. Angela continues to recover in hospital.

Following an investigation by Merseyside Police Aidan McAteer, 23, from Prescot, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Today, at Liverpool Crown Court, he was sentenced to nine years, four months in prison.

Dean Ian Brennan, 27, who is also from the Prescot area, was charged with assisting an offender and aggravated vehicle taking.

He was sentenced to six years, eight months in prison.

Detective Inspector Jason Pye said: "Today McAteer and Brennan were sentenced for their part in the collision which led to the death of Violet-Grace.

"Their actions in leaving the scene of their collision following the crash and continuing to attempt to evade justice rightly shocked and angered the local community and the people of Merseyside as a whole.

"I hope that their prison sentences will give them time to reflect on the consequences of their actions – not only on Violet-Grace’s family but their own families as well.

"Although no sentence, however long, can ever bring Violet-Grace back I hope that it gives her family some sense of closure and allows them to instead reflect on the love and happiness their daughter brought them.

"I would also like to pay tribute to Violet-Grace’s family for their courage and dignity throughout this whole process and also to the team of detectives who worked round the clock to find the people responsible and bring them to justice."