Alexander Farrar Walters in 2001
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Drink-driver Alexander Walters jailed over cyclists' deaths

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for mowing down and killing two cyclists while he was two-and-a-half times over the limit.

Alexander Walters, previously from Grangetown, Cardiff, was sentenced to 10 years and three months on Wednesday after admitting seven charges, including two of causing death by dangerous driving.

Reading Crown Court heard Walters stole his partner's BMW following a row and killed John Morland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39, while being chased by police in Purley-on-Thames, Berkshire, on 13 February.

Walters, a Russian-born orphan adopted by a Welsh vicar when he was 17, was doing 68mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the men.

In 2003, Walters was jailed for six months after duping several airlines in a plot that mirrored the film, Catch Me If You Can for using a chequebook from his failed company to buy flights to destinations including the United States, Johannesburg and Sydney.

And in 2001 he was sentenced to two years' custody after phoning a bomb hoax to Heathrow Airport just days after the 11 September terror attacks on the United States.

  • 16 Apr 2014
  • From the section Wales