Relative of Jill Pirrie brands killer’s six year sentence a ‘sick joke’

Jill Pirrie. Picture: contributed
Jill Pirrie. Picture: contributed

A RELATIVE of nurse Jill Pirrie who was knocked down and killed during a police chase has branded her killer’s jail sentence of just six years “a sick joke”.

Learner driver Dylan Jenkin, 18, had no insurance and was driving a £40 Ford Ka he bought on Gumtree when he lost control and hit the 33 year-old on Old Dalkeith Road in May.

Dylan Jenkin.

Dylan Jenkin.

Jill, a mum-of-one, was making her way home from work at the city’s Royal Infirmary at the time.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to six years behind bars at the High Court in Glasgow, and banned from driving for seven years.

In a statement issued following the sentence, her sister-in-law said: “Six years for taking a young life is not my idea of justice, it’s a sick joke.

“As far as I’m concerned that is an insult to Jill’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Jill dedicated her career to care for others, it’s a disgrace our legal system didn’t care for her.”

Jenkin pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving last month.

He sobbed in the dock yesterday as the judge told the court how Ms Pirrie, mother to a five-year-old child, was making her way home on Kingston Avenue when she was struck from behind and thrown against a wall.

Jenkin’s driving and the condition of the car, which had been registered off-road, had earlier caught the attention of police officers, who pursued him in a marked vehicle and signalled to him to stop. Instead of stopping, he drove off at “high and excessive speed” and police lost sight of the car.

Judge Lord McEwan said that after hitting Ms Pirrie, he did not go to help her “but ran away across a nearby golf course”.

Ms Pirrie was less than a mile from her home when the tragedy struck.

She was rushed to the hospital where she worked but died of multiple injuries.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald of Police Scotland’s Edinburgh Division said: “The consequences of Dylan Jenkin’s reckless behaviour resulted in the death of a young mother who was simply making her way home from work.

“Jill Pirrie’s death was keenly felt across the whole city of Edinburgh and I’m sure I speak for many when I offer my continued thoughts and condolences to her family.

“We reported the circumstances that preceded this collision to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and in turn they have instructed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner to carry out an independent investigation, as is standard practice in incidents such as these.

“PIRC are instructed to investigate deaths following police contact or involvement, and we are cooperating fully with their inquiry.”