Blind man's 12 years custody for woman's crash death

Luke Burdakay
Image caption Luke Burdakay was drunk when he drove the Fiat Stilo without a driving licence

A registered blind man from Suffolk, who stole a car which was involved in crash which left a woman dead, has been sentenced to 12 years custody.

Luke Burdakay, 19, of Easton Road, Woodbridge, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Laureen Hammond, 20, from Sutton, died when her Vauxhall Corsa collided with two cars on the B1083 in Suffolk.

A judge at Ipswich Crown Court sent Burdakay to a young offenders institution.

Judge John Devaux said no sentence he could pass could compensate the victim's family for their loss.

Burdakay also admitted attempted robbery at the Trawler's Catch Fish Shop, High Street, Saxmundham and was sentenced to three years to run concurrently with the longer custodial term.

The accident happened on the B1083 at Bromeswell on 3 February.

'Family's agony'

Sgt Bob Patterson said: "Today's sentencing can never lessen the pain caused to Laureen's family and they have the deepest sympathy of the police investigation team and myself.

Image caption Ms Hammond, who was a carer, died at the scene of the accident at Bromeswell

"This terrible collision was caused by the contemptuous actions of a young man.

"He was angry, drunk and stole a car in spite of having severely restricted eyesight, he was registered blind and therefore was never able to be in possession of a driving licence.

"He was then set on an almost inevitable course of destruction; the awful consequence was the loss of an innocent driver, Laureen Hammond.

"Nobody can comprehend the agony and grief Laureen's family have had to endure, I hope that today's sentence will allow them to bring some closure."

Ms Hammond's family were at Ipswich Crown Court for Burdakay's sentencing.

They released a statement which read: "We as a family lost someone very special and the world lost a very caring young lady.

"No words can explain the way we feel. We have paid the ultimate sacrifice in losing Lollie through the actions of this young man, who thought that he wouldn't harm anyone.

"How wrong he was."

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