Leeds & West Yorkshire

Stanningley bypass death crash driver facing jail

David and Dorothy Metcalf
Image caption Mr and Mrs Metcalf lived in Tinshill, Leeds

A motorist has been warned he faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to killing a Leeds couple in a New Year's Day car crash.

David Metcalf, 68, and his wife Dorothy, 65, were travelling along the A647 Stanningley bypass when their Fiat was hit by Eduard Mereohra's car.

Mereohra admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Leeds Crown Court.

The 26-year-old, from Autumn Grove, Burley, will be sentenced on 25 May.

He was remanded in custody until that date.

'Terrible crime'

The court heard Mereohra is from Moldova and will be served with deportation papers.

Judge Colin Burn told him: "I am sure you now understand these two matters are extremely grave and the sentence you will receive will be a substantial custodial one."

Following the court hearing, Mr and Mrs Metcalf's son Clive said the family were pleased with the guilty plea.

He said: "This goes some way to putting an end to the nightmare we have experienced since New Year's Day.

"We are heartened by the support we have received from the police, friends and family.

"This plea has thankfully released all the witnesses to this terrible crime from having to relive their ordeal through a trial."

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