Wife tells of drink drive jail horror

COMING to terms with her husband's prison sentence, today Craig Potter's wife Teresa described the first time she visited him in jail.In a heartfelt interview with The Evening Star Mrs Potter reiterated she understands the pain of victim Andrew Scarlett and his family, but told how her family believe the sentence is too harsh.

COMING to terms with her husband's prison sentence, today Craig Potter's wife Teresa described the first time she visited him in jail.

In a heartfelt interview with The Evening Star Mrs Potter reiterated she understands the pain of victim Andrew Scarlett and his family, but told how her family believe the sentence is too harsh.

Mrs Potter and her children Ashley, 17, and Kimberley, 19, visited Mr Potter for the first time at Norwich Prison on Sunday .

Mrs Potter said: “We know he did wrong and caused the man terrible injuries but it seems a harsh sentence.

“We understand he deserves punishment but 12 months is such a long time and I don't know how we are all going to get through it. We were told to expect a custodial sentence, but not for that long.

“It seems so unfair. I don't see what it's teaching him as he can't feel any worse than he feels already. He knows it was the biggest mistake of his life.

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“When we visited he was still in total shock. He came out in tears and even though I'd told the children we had to stay strong, we couldn't manage it.

“We have told him we will all be here for him, but he seems inconsolable.”

Mrs Potter, who works in a sandwich shop in Ipswich, is hoping her husband will keep his job, despite the sentence.

She said her husband is currently in a holding wing of the prison and that the visit lasted one hour.

The family will now be able to visit three times a month.

Mrs Potter said: “I hope other people who read this will realise having two cans of lager and then driving can ruin lives, it's just not worth it.

“However much we say he is sorry it seems no one is listening.

“Craig is a good husband, a brilliant person and a quiet man, but now he has to live with this.”

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