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Drink driver jailed for moped rider Edward Lynch's death

Glen Holburt
Image caption Holburt was almost twice the drink drive limit when he crashed his car

A man who killed a boy in Oxfordshire while almost twice the drink drive limit has been jailed for four years.

Edward Lynch, of Kidlington, died after an Audi A6 car, driven by Glen Holburt, crashed into his stationary Aprilia moped near Deddington, in April.

Edward, 16, was taken to Horton General Hospital where he later died.

Holburt, 53, of Duns Tew Road, Banbury, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court, to causing death by careless driving while over the drink drive limit.

The defendant was also banned from driving for six years and will have to take an extended driving test before he can drive again.

After he was arrested, the court heard tests by officers showed Holburt had 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Image caption Edward Lynch was taken to hospital but later died

In a statement, Edward's mother, who did not want to be named, said: "No sentence given here today would reflect the utter devastation Mr Holburt has caused to our lives.

"Life without Eddie is very, very difficult.

"Mr Holburt is a dangerous man and he represents all those who think they can totally disregard the law.

"With his lack of remorse he has forfeited the right to any forgiveness we may have had. We hope he will be haunted forever by the events of that night", she added.

After the hearing Sgt Jack Hawkins, investigating officer, said: "I would like anyone who considers having a drink before driving to spare a thought for Eddie Lynch's family and friends and the trauma they have suffered."

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