Drunk driver sentenced to six years for causing the death of elderly couple


A drunk driver was today sentenced to six years imprisonment at Warwick Crown Court following his conviction of causing death of an elderly couple by careless driving while unfit through drink. He was also disqualified from driving for six years.

Lee McGuigan, aged 37, had been driving a friend's BMW car on the Bericote Road near Leamington Spa at about 12:30pm on 5 September 2010 when he lost control of the car and collided into a Ford Focus which was being driven by Mr and Mrs Breakwell.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Senior Sector Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Lee McGuigan was over two times the legal limit in respect of alcohol in his blood at the time of the collision. A further aggravating factor was that he was not insured at the time of the collision.

"His car collided with another car which was being driven by 95 year-old Len Breakwell. His wife, Marjorie Breakwell, aged 89, was killed as a result of multiple injuries sustained in the collision. Mr. Breakwell suffered severe injuries and he too tragically died a week later following a rupture of an aneurysm. His death could not be conclusively linked to the collision.

"This sentence reflects the determination to prosecute and bring to justice those who commit serious road traffic offences. My message to those individuals who put other drivers at risk through their callous actions is that once you are caught then you can only expect substantial terms of imprisonment for your criminal behaviour.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the Breakwells in respect of their tragic loss."