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Drink-driving victim's mother seeks 25 years in jail for killer

THE mother of a Scottish woman killed by a drunk driver on a rural road in Canada in a hit-and-run smash has called for her killer to be jailed for at least 25 years.

Cory Sater killed Dundee-born Charlene Reaveley and her friend Lorraine Cruz on a country road in British Columbia in 2011.

He was finally brought to justice on Friday when a judge at New Westminster Supreme Court in the Canadian province found him guilty of six charges - including dangerous driving ­causing death.

Sater had downed six double rye whisky and cokes and two Jaegerbomb shots in a bar on the night of the crash before getting behind the wheel.

Ms Cruz had been driving with her boyfriend in a Nissan Pathfinder on February 19, 2011, when the vehicle crashed in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

The two got out of the car, while Mrs Reaveley, her husband Dan and two friends stopped to help. As the group stood beside the Nissan, a white Jeep Cherokee ran down both women.

Mrs Reaveley and Ms Cruz were killed instantly, while Ms Cruz's boyfriend Paulo Calimbahin was seriously injured.

Sater will be sentenced on March 31, and Mrs Reaveley's family have demanded he face a lengthy prison term.

Mrs Reaveley - who was 30 when she was killed - is survived by children Kaedan, 13, Rebecca, nine, Alicia, seven and four- year-old Tristan as well as her husband Dan, mother Mary and father Colin.

Mary Ogilvie, Mrs Reaveley's mother, said: "Kaedan remembers his mother and Rebecca does too but the other ones don't - I'm there to remind them what their mum was like. I just talk about her - I tell them how much they look like her, how great she was and everything like that."

"It brought up all the emotions. Every day is the same thing - you don't want to be in my shoes. No-one should be in my shoes. It has got to stop.

"We'll have to wait and see about the sentence. We have to do a victim's statement then the judge will decide on the sentence. We are looking for 25 years or more."

Asked if Sater had apologised, Mrs Ogilvie added: "He's never spoken to me - only one time.

"He actually came into the court and I was holding the door open for someone else and he ­actually hit me with the door.

"He said sorry and my niece said 'are you sorry for the door or for killing Charlene?' "He just told her to 'shut up'.

"He's absolutely not got any remorse, no remorse whatsoever. I can't move on. It will always be there. It's like living in hell. It will never go away.

Describing how she learned of her daughter's death, she said: "Charlene's dad, Colin, called me. He said 'our lives will never be the same again'. And I knew it right then - I knew it. He said 'It's ­Charlene'. He said 'She's been in an accident'.

"I said I wanted to see her but he said 'she's dead'. Can you ­imagine how that felt? You can't, and that's why we've got to stop this happening - drinking and driving, reckless driving."

She added: "Hopefully it's a good sentence that he gets, because a slap on the hand for somebody like that would be a slap in the face for me.

"He killed two people. He killed my daughter, Charlene. Charlene was just beautiful. She has four children. She was a lovely mum. She was a wonderful daughter."

Ms Reaveley's husband, Dan, added: "I'm glad there's a little bit of accountability. It's nice that it's almost over. You can go forward instead of getting dragged back into it."

Mr Justice James Williams, giving his verdict, said Sater had been oblivious to the road ahead while driving drunk.

Sater, 40, was found guilty of two charges of dangerous driving causing death and one of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

He was further convicted of two charges of impaired driving causing death and one of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

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