Death crash drink-driver's sentence cut

DRINK-driver Ben Morphey who caused a road crash which killed five Suffolk people has had his jail sentence reduced today.Ben Morphey, now 23, from Yoxford, Suffolk, was originally sentenced to eight-and-a-half years at Ipswich Crown Court in June following the crash on the A12 at Blythburgh in July last year.

DRINK-driver Ben Morphey who caused a road crash which killed five Suffolk people has had his jail sentence reduced today.

Ben Morphey, now 23, from Yoxford, Suffolk, was originally sentenced to eight-and-a-half years at Ipswich Crown Court in June following the crash on the A12 at Blythburgh in July last year.

But today, three judges in the Court of Appeal in London allowed a sentence challenge brought by Morphey and cut his jail term to six-and-a-half years.

Earlier this year, Morphey,admitted five charges of causing death by careless driving while unfit due to drink.


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Claire Stoddart, 18, her sister Jennifer, 15, and their friend Carla Took, 18, plus Simon Bonner, 40, and Kim Abbott, 41, died after two cars crashed head-on.

The three teenage girls, who lived in Lowestoft, Suffolk, were on their way home from a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Ipswich when they died.

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Mr Bonner and Ms Abbott, who were passengers in the vehicle driven by Morphey, lived in the Yoxford area.

Morphey, an Army aircraft technician based at Wattisham, Suffolk, had driven a friend's car at the end of a night out after it was decided he was the least affected by alcohol.

His sentence appeal was allowed today by Lord Justice Laws, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones and Sir Michael Astill.

Morphey was present in the dock of the courtroom for the hearing.

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