Drink driver who killed dog in crash reads letter to victim
A YOUNG drunk driver who hospitalized a dog walker and killed his West Highland terrier has told his victim he will regret what he did for the rest of his life.
Charles Richard Collins, 22, shared 12 bottles of booze with a friend before driving his motorhome and crashing into Andrew Borrill and his dog Ben in Poole.
The dog died at the scene and IT consultant Mr Borrill suffered life-threatening injuries, which required an eight-day hospital stay.
At Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday, counsel for the defendant suggested a suspended sentence could be imposed, however, Judge Stephen Climie said it would be ‘completely inappropriate’ in the circumstances.
The judge said the case “demonstrates and amplifies” the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.
“The factor that I find overwhelming is the need to ensure that the public is fully aware of the consequences of behavior of this nature,” Judge Climie said.
The defendant had previously pleaded guilty to causing serious bodily harm by dangerous driving, criminal damage (for killing Ben), drink-driving and driving while unfit. drug.
He was imprisoned for 14 months and banned from driving for four years and seven months.
During the hearing, Collins, who works as a chef, read a letter he had written to Mr Borrill.
Speaking from the platform in a gray suit, the former Poole Grammar School pupil said it was impossible to explain how “deeply sad and devastated” he felt.
He said he thinks about what happened every day, he apologized for what he had done and he said he would accept the sentence imposed by the court.
“I take full responsibility for getting into my car under the influence of alcohol and drugs, which I’ve never done before,” Collins said.
He added: “I will regret this mistake for the rest of my life.”
Prosecutor Edward Hollingsworth said Collins went to Budgens petrol station in Creekmoor at 5am on September 19 last year, where he bought a case of 12 bottles of Heineken.
He and a friend parked in the Talbot Express motorhome and drank the beers before leaving the gas station at 8:45 a.m. because he had to go to work.
Twenty minutes later, Collins walked up the sidewalk of Compton Avenue and punched eight-year-old Mr. Borrill and Ben.
The dog died at the scene, while IT consultant Mr Borrill suffered life-threatening injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.
He underwent operations and treatment for a brain bleed, a torn ear that required stitches, a broken tooth, broken necks, four more operations for dislocated toes, cuts and bruises all over his body .
Mitigating, Harry Garside said what the defendant did shocked his client to his core.
“He needs and deserves to be punished,” Mr Garside said.
He said Collins had been persuaded to go to a friend’s birthday party the day before the crash where he intended to grab a drink and leave, however, one drink turned into a “much more”.
“He went back to his motorhome, continued chatting and drinking with a friend,” Mr Garside said.
The defendant’s lawyer added: “Unfortunately he doesn’t remember the collision – he didn’t remember it.
“He can’t say why he drove the way he did.”
Mr Garside said: ‘This is an exemplary case of the dangers of drunk driving.
He said his young client with no previous convictions ended the day having caused “immeasurable harm through his stupidity”.
Judge Climie said he had reached a starting point for the offenses of two and a half years in prison.
This was before he took into account the credit of a third party for the guilty pleas, the age and immaturity of the defendant and his remorse, which were all factors that had to be taken into account as indicated by the sentencing council.
The judge concluded that the original sentence should be reduced to an aggregate sentence of 14 months in prison.
At the start of his sentencing remarks, Judge Climie told Collins: “Before we go any further, this case is more about Mr. Borrill and his family than you and yours.”
He went on to say, “Everyone should wish him (Mr Borrill) well with the future and the family.”
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