Jail for driver who killed walker
IPSWICH woman Nikki Page can now start to tell her son why daddy won't be coming home – as the man responsible for his death starts a jail sentence.Wayne Goode, 28, of Broomhill Road, died in the early hours of New Years Day after being mown down by a car near Sudbury.
IPSWICH woman Nikki Page can now start to tell her son why daddy won't be coming home – as the man responsible for his death starts a jail sentence.
Wayne Goode, 28, of Broomhill Road, died in the early hours of New Years Day after being mown down by a car near Sudbury.
Now Martin Law, 22, of Sandpiper Close, Haverhill is starting a four-year sentence after a jury at Ipswich Crown Court found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Goode died of multiple injuries when he was hit by Law's transit van on the A134.
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Both Mr Goode and Law were under the influence of alcohol.
Judge John Devaux told Law: "You did not stay there to face the music, help the authorities or to find out if he was alive or dead."
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Law was also disqualified from driving for five years and will then have to take an extended test.
Miss Page said: "I am as pleased as I can be, but he is still dead. Wayne lives on through his two year old son Sonny.
"Now I can give our son some answers."
Unemployed Law claimed not to have been behind the wheel of the Transit van that fatally struck Mr Goode as he walked from the Saracen's Head pub in Newton Green, in the early hours of the morning.
After the case Miss Page said: "I am as pleased as I can be – I had no doubt he was guilty.
"Even though he didn't have the courage to admit what he had done, at least now I can give my son some answers about his father.
"They are not the answers I wanted, because he didn't have the courage to admit it, but it is something.
"The police did a fantastic job right the way through and I was always confident they had the right man."
The 29-year-old, who works in a clothing store, added she had "no feelings" towards Law or his family.
Sentencing Law, Judge John Devaux told him: "Your behaviour was appalling. You had consumed a lot of alcohol and you were unable to take avoiding action that sober drivers were able to take.
"You didn't stay there to face the music, help the authorities or even check if he was still alive."
Judge Devaux said he had no doubt Law was "responsible for or party to" a fire that destroyed the green Ford Transit van a few days after the accident.
The court heard Mr Goode had spent the night at the Saracen's Head pub with Miss Page and two friends and left alone at about 1am, having drunk some red wine, with the apparent intention of walking home to Ipswich.
Witnesses told the trial that Mr Goode, a shop manager, was "staggering" across the A134 and was nearly hit by other motorists.
He was struck by Law's van at about 2.40am and was found injured in the road by a passing motorist. Mr Goode died at the scene from multiple injuries.
Law, of Sandpiper Close, denied causing death by dangerous driving and said he had been drinking with friends in Haverhill on New Year's Eve.
He denied being the vehicle's only owner and claimed he was not behind the wheel on the night of the fatal accident.
But CCTV footage captured him buying a sandwich from a petrol station forecourt in Sudbury just minutes before the accident.
The court was told that Law had passed his driving test, but never applied for a full licence.
He had previous driving convictions for speeding and having no insurance, as well as juvenile court offences of criminal damage and dishonesty.