‘Let him rot’ – Sunderland hit-and-run killer denied bid for freedom

Alan Steel
Alan Steel
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A TEENAGER maimed by killer Alan Steel today welcomed news he had been refused parole.

Danica Green told the Echo that Steel should be left to “rot in jail,” just days after he appeared before the hearing.

Danica Green who lost her leg after a car knocked her over and killed her aunty Paula Stead.

Danica Green who lost her leg after a car knocked her over and killed her aunty Paula Stead.

Danica, 17, lost her right leg in the hit-and-run which killed her cousin Paula Stead, 32, and left Paula’s daughter, Bridie, badly injured.

Steel, high on drugs, left the three lying in the road as he fled from the scene.

The heroin user admitted being behind the wheel of the Cherokee Jeep which ploughed into the family at the junction of St Luke’s Road and Front Street, Ford Estate, in September 2006.

Steel, who was 26 at the time, was given an indefinite sentence with a minimum of 13 years in January 2007, after admitting causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop or report an accident, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified.

Paula Stead

Paula Stead

But his sentence was reduced for his guilty plea, and cut by half again in accordance with Home Office guidelines.

He initially made a bid for freedom in 2011 but was turned down. Now the Echo can reveal his latest efforts have also been knocked back.

Danica, of St Luke’s Road, said: “They said he was turned down because he showed no remorse for what he’d done.

“I just want him to rot in jail. He’s a horrible person and I think he should stay in there.

“What makes me so angry is that he left us all just lying there.

“He knocked us over and then he left us there, he didn’t even call for help, he just ran off.”

Straight after the tragedy, doctors were left with no choice but to amputate part of Danica’s right leg due to the extent of her injuries.

Since then, she has undergone countless operations and procedures to fit a prosthetic which had to be changed as she grew through her teenage years.

The former Pennywell 360 pupil missed months of school and has since had to withdraw from Sunderland College due to her ongoing treatment.

She said: “I’ve learned so much since this happened. At times it’s been so hard but it’s turned me into the person I am today. I’m so lucky to have had the support from my family and friends; they don’t treat me any differently.”

Danica, who is now learning to drive, is hoping to return to college once her latest prosthetic leg is fitted.

Liz Green, Danica’s grandmother and Paula’s aunt, got in touch with the family liaison officer who told them Steel had been refused parole.

She said: “We knew it was coming up but we’re all just so relieved at the decision.

“The fact he showed no remorse for what happened shows just what kind of person he is.”