Suffolk

Soham man jailed for Lakenheath drink-drive death crash

Steven Samuel Image copyright Suffolk Constabulary
Image caption Steven Samuel, pictured after the fatal crash, pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this month

A motorist, who admitted causing the death of a passenger in a drunken crash in Suffolk, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

John-Joe Scott, 22, from Lakenheath, was killed when Steven Samuel's Ford Focus hit a tree in the village.

Samuel, 21, of Hasse Road, Soham in Cambridgeshire, was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had already pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Samuel has also been disqualified from driving for seven years.

Mr Scott, who was a front seat passenger in the car, died at the scene in Undley Road in the early hours of 19 October.

PC Karl Hale, who investigated the crash, said: "Yet again, a family in Suffolk has been left devastated by a loved one being killed by a drink-driver.

"Steven Samuel has some years behind bars to reflect on his reckless actions from that October night.

"John-Joe's parents and friends are still reeling from events nearly a year on."

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