Kent made a little safer after man is Jailed for 16 year

kent made a little safer after man is jailed for 16 year

A dangerous driver who killed a man has been jailed for 16 years.

Connor Ashworth-Driver, 22 and from Dover, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on 28 August 2018 after he pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving and the charge of failing to stop after an accident.

He was jailed for eight years for this charge and received a further eight years after he pleaded guilty to an aggravated burglary and two counts of wounding with intent.

Ashworth-Driver was responsible for killing a man in his 50’s on 1 January 2018.

The victim, who was from Chatham, was killed as he crossed Luton Road, Chatham, at around 1.08am as Ashworth-Driver drove his Renault Clio at nearly twice the speed limit.

He was also driving while under the influence of drink and drugs. He failed to stop after the accident and the victim died at the scene. Ashworth-Driver was arrested a short time later nearby.

The judge also sentenced him to eight years in jail for an aggravated burglary in Gardiner Street, Gillingham, which happened at around 4.30am on 22 October 2017.

Ashworth-Driver broke into the house where he stabbed a man inside the property. A woman inside the house was also injured after she tried to defend herself before Ashworth-Driver fled the scene.

Officers investigating the incident released a computer-generated image of the suspect and Ashworth-Driver was arrested on 30 January 2018.

During the investigation, his DNA was found on a knife left at the scene and he was also chosen during an identity parade.

As well as being sentenced, Ashworth-Driver was also disqualified from driving for 18 years and will need to take an extended driving test.

Police Sargent Jason Heather was the lead investigating officer for the fatal collision in Luton Road, Chatham.

PS Heather said: ‘This is a substantial sentence for a man who took the life of another innocent man by driving in such an dangerous and irresponsible manner, with no regard for the safety of others and failed to stop after the collision.

‘Before this incident he committed an aggravated burglary which left two people in fear of their lives inside their own home showing the extent of danger Ashworth-Driver posed to the public.

‘My thoughts are with the family who have been left to deal with the loss of a much loved father, brother and all those affected by his actions. I thank them for their dignity and patience in what has been a terrible experience for all.’