South East Wales

Caerphilly death crash drink-driver Jamie Gray jailed

Ian Hamilton
Image caption Ian Hamilton was visiting family in south Wales when he died

A drink-driver has been jailed for hitting and killing a pedestrian while travelling at twice the speed limit and not stopping.

Jamie Gray, 23, from Risca, Caerphilly, drove at 68mph (109km/h) in a 30 mph (48 km/h) zone in Pontllanffraith in July.

Ian Hamilton, 27, from Bristol died as a result of the collision.

Gray, who denied multiple charges, was jailed for four years and eight months at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard Gray was caught after police found a tiny piece of black plastic on the road from the borrowed BMW he was driving and traced all 150 similar models in south Wales.


They visited 50 owners before they found the car which killed Mr Hamilton.

Gray admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He was on bail for alleged drink-driving at the time of the collision.

Judge Nicholas Cooke told him: "You knew you had struck the head of another human being but you left him for dead.

"What was more important for you was the chance of evading detection. That is shameful."

Gray will be banned from driving for four years when he is released from prison.

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