A Peacehaven man has been jailed for five years following a crash in Brighton in which his 18-year-old friend died.
Shareef Mohammed Ruhomally, 30, of Glynn Road, appeared at Lewes Crown Court this week where he pleaded not guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.
The court heard how Ruhmally had 83mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood when he crashed his BMW 318L into a taxi in Warren Road, Race Hill, in November last year. The legal limit is 80mg.
Ruhomally was convicted of the offence on Friday (November 13) after a three-day trial and was jailed for five years.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years after he is released from prison.
Judge Shani Barnes told Ruhomally, “If I could, I would prevent you from ever being behind a wheel again. You have an appalling driving record. You attempted to save yourself and minimise what you did.”
The court heard that as a result of the collision, which happened shortly after midnight on November 27, 2014, Alex Jackson, the front seat passenger from Haybourne Close, Brighton, sustained serious injuries from which he later died.
The rear seat passengers in the car, a man aged 22, and an 18-year-old woman, both from Brighton, were both seriously injured. All four were workmates at a Brighton store.
The driver of the taxi, a 27-year-old man from Brighton, sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.
Sergeant Clare Kenward, of the Sussex Police road policing unit, said, “Getting behind the wheel of the car after drinking was a conscious choice by Ruhomally that had tragic and devastating consequences.
“He has rightfully been sent to prison, but he has imposed a life sentence of grief on Alex’s family and friends.”
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