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Canterbury drunk driver jailed for three years

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An inexperienced driver who drove while unfit through drink and killed a passenger in his car has been sentenced to three years and disqualified from driving.

160531_Canterbury_driving_JollyJohn Jolly, 25, of St Lawrence Forstal, Canterbury, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on 31 May where he was sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving.

He had pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.

Investigations by Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit found Jolly had been driving a VW Golf at 1.50am on 22 May 2015 when he lost control and collided with a fence in Canterbury Road, Herne Bay.

The front seat passenger, 19-year-old Stephin Thomas from Canterbury, was pronounced dead at the scene while a passenger in the rear of the car suffered a broken arm.

Jolly failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

On 31 May 2016, Jolly was sentenced to three years in prison and has been disqualified from driving for three years effective on his release.

Tragic consequences caused by drink-driving

Investigating officer DC David Holmes said: ‘This is a tragic case which highlights the risks associated with drink-driving.

‘Jolly has now learnt a harsh lesson at the cost of others, having participated in drinking in his vehicle and then deciding to continue driving afterwards, knowing the risks.

‘His judgement was severely impaired and had he been in a position to fully appreciate his surroundings, he probably wouldn’t have driven in excess of the speed limit, which was clearly too fast for the bend where he lost control.

‘As a consequence, the family and friends of Stephin Thomas, now have a huge void in their lives as a young and important life has been needlessly lost.’

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