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Ben Edwards jailed for killing holiday couple in crash

Paul Adams and Kathryn Dunn
Image caption Paul Adams and Kathryn Dunn were due to fly to the Dominican Republic

A drink-driver who killed a couple in a 120mph head-on crash as they travelled to an airport for a Caribbean holiday has been jailed for four years.

Ben Edwards, 26, of Northfield Road, Soham, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he ploughed into Paul Adams' and Kathryn Dunn's Mercedes car.

A jury at Cambridge Crown Court found him guilty of causing the deaths of the couple through dangerous driving.

The crash happened on the A142 near Newmarket on 11 March 2007.

Mr Adams, 40, and Miss Dunn, 26, both from North Wootton, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, were on their way to the airport for a holiday in the Dominican Republic.

The court heard prosecutors initially decided Edwards, who had been driving a Mercedes SLK, was not fit to stand trial after he sustained serious injuries in the crash.

But the case was reopened after he made a recovery.

The court heard Edwards had 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

There were also traces of cannabis in his system.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth, sentencing Edwards, said: "This had a grievous impact on your life from which you will never recover.

"You were enjoying a fast car at speed on an empty road at night. You must have momentarily fallen asleep."

As well as jailing Edwards, he also banned him from driving for five years.

Edwards was found guilty in January after denying two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Outside court, Kym Scott, sister of Mr Adams, said: "They were going on a holiday of their dreams. They were actually on their way to that airport for that holiday.

"They were the centre of everything. They were a lovely, lovely couple and we struggle every day to come to terms with their loss."

Image caption Ben Edwards was shielded by his family as he arrived in court

PC Steve Edwards, of Cambridgeshire police, said: "This case has been extremely complicated and taken a long time to come to court.

"On Sunday it will be five years since the collision so I'm glad Edwards has been brought to justice.

"He was over the drink-drive limit and travelling at almost twice the speed limit.

"The death of this couple was a result of his dangerous driving.

"While nothing can stop the hurt felt by the couple's families, I hope today's conviction will bring them some comfort."

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