THE sister of a 21-year-old Winsford father has spoken of her disgust after his killer had his sentence cut.
David John May, 18, of Cleveland Way, Winsford, was convicted last year of causing the death by dangerous driving of Mark Lucas, of Cotswold Way, who was knocked off his bicycle.
He was jailed for eight years, but lodged an appeal that was heard by the High Court this week - and his sentence was cut by 18 months.
Mr Lucas' family fear May, who had been drinking before the crash, could be out in less than six-and-a-half years.
And his sister, Joanne, said she has been left with little faith in the justice system.
She said: 'My family and I are not at all happy with May's reduced sentence.
'He should have got longer than he was given in the first place and now it seems as though he'll probably only serve four years for taking my brother away. It's not fair.
'Mark had just become a dad and it just isn't right that a girl who will be one year old in August should lose her dad in these circumstances.'
Members of the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving (CADD) called the decision a 'down-and-out disgrace'.
Chairwoman Mandy Roberts said: 'The decision in this case beggars belief.
'It sends out the completely wrong message and suggests that it is not such a big issue.
'The charges that drink-drivers get are an insult to loved ones of those who have been killed and in this case it seems as though sixand-a-half years is all that Mark Lucas' life is worth.
'Any alcohol consumed before driving is an absolute no-no and CADD strongly believes people with any amount of alcohol in their blood should be punished, and very severely.'
Miss Lucas and her family travelled to London's Criminal Appeal Court with police family liaison officer Rupert Venables.
Despite her praise for the support Mr Venables had given the family throughout the proceedings, Mrs Lucas claimed others in authority had failed the family.
She said: 'So many officials have promised to do everything they can to stop May's relations living near us but we still have to put up with members of their family living across the way. We can't move on properly while they are still there.'