A DRINK-DRIVER who killed a Shepley teenager is enjoying regular days out of jail - despite serving less than half his sentence.
Anthony Cardno, formerly of Abbey Road in Shepley, was jailed for four years in October 2002.
He admitted causing the death of Caroline Hampshaw by driving without due care and attention while over the legal drink-drive limit.
He knocked down the 19-year-old hairdresser on January 27, 2002, in Penistone Road, Shepley.
Cardno, who was almost twice over the limit, drove away and dumped the car at his mother's home nearby.
It was his second drink driving conviction, the first being in 1999.
Sentencing Cardno, the judge said he should serve at least two thirds of his sentence.
But on Monday, Caroline's friend spotted a smartly-dressed Cardno walking alone out of the Next store in Huddersfield's Kingsgate Centre.
Caroline's siblings, Steph and David and mum Elaine were stunned.
Elaine said: "We are going between anger and disbelief. We cried all day on Monday."
They had been given no warning by the National Probation Service.
The NPS investigated and told Elaine that Cardno was being allowed out of Wealstun Prison at Wetherby on day-release to complete work experience.
Elaine said: "We are disgusted by it. The whole system is totally ludicrous. It's biased towards the offender."
Elaine said she could not understand why Cardno - previously a self-employed joiner - needed work experience.
She said: "We want answers. Why is he out? Why weren't we consulted? I would have objected to him doing it in Huddersfield."
The family regularly visits Huddersfield and Steph works in the town centre.
She said: "We are just glad we didn't run into him ourselves."
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Probation Board said Cardno was allowed out on Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL).
He said: "It is not in any way an over-ruling of the judge's decision. ROTL can be granted for various reasons, such as to help prepare the offender for release."
He added that the prison had not informed NPS of Cardno's ROTL, so they could not warn or consult the Hampshaws.
This latest incident has confirmed Elaine's belief that tougher penalties are needed for motorists who kill through drink driving.
She said: "There should be a set sentence. We need a better deterrent."
Elaine said: "Things are at a standstill. Every time there is a case of a drink driver who kills someone everyone starts fighting again.
"But nothing happens and you get despondent.
"Campaigning won't bring her back, but fighting a cause helps take your mind off things."
A Home Office spokesman said: "Prisoners being released on resettlement or temporary licence are allowed out of the prison, subject to conditions, for short periods at a time for a specific purpose.
"The licences can only be granted after a risk assessment and will typically include conditions preventing an offender from returning to an area around the address of their victim."