Death crash driver to be sentenced today

DRINK driver Ben Morphey who caused the death of five people in a horror crash will today hear how long he will spend in jail.Morphey,22, an airman based at RAF Wattisham, is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court today to be sentenced after pleading guilty earlier this month to five charges of causing death by careless driving while unfit due to drink.

DRINK driver Ben Morphey who caused the death of five people in a horror crash will today hear how long he will spend in jail.

Morphey,22, an airman based at RAF Wattisham, is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court today to be sentenced after pleading guilty earlier this month to five charges of causing death by careless driving while unfit due to drink.

Claire Stoddart, 18 and her 15-year-old sister Jennifer were killed along with their friend 18-year-old Carla Took when Morphey's car ploughed into them as they travelled along the A12 from Ipswich to Lowestoft after watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert at Portman Road last July.

Morphey's passengers Kim Abbott, 41 and Simon Bonner, 40 both from Yoxford were also killed.

Today, Angela Took, mother to 18-year-old Carla, was today preparing herself for the sentencing.

She said: “He (Morphey) has known all along that he is guilty and we knew it too but he played the system.

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“I have felt very disappointed with the justice system as a whole - he pleaded guilty at the last minute.

“I feel bitter that he has been free for the past year when he should have been locked up. We have waited a year to get justice.

“The message we want to get across is don't drink and drive.”

Suffolk witnessed an outpouring of grief after the crash on the A12 at Blythburgh claimed the five lives.

The tragedy inspired Dirty Pretty Things, the support act at the Ipswich concert, to join a national road safety campaign.

The band held a concert in London and dedicated songs to the three teenage girls.

Lesley Pye, of Cromer Road, Ipswich, mother to Jonathan Kuttsthreuter, Carla's ex-boyfriend, said: “I am feeling a bit sorry for him (Morphey) at the moment.

“He said for a whole year that it wasn't his fault, which it obviously was and now he knows he is facing a jail sentence. He did not do it intentionally but the point is he has never said he is sorry.”

Morphey, of High Street, Yoxford, had been drinking at a club that night but witnesses said he had stopped drinking quite early.

However, when he was tested for alcohol after the accident, the amount left in his system revealed he must have consumed “a considerable amount” earlier on.

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