Drink drive killer jailed
AN UNINSURED drunk driver who killed two bright young students when he lost control and smashed into a house, has been jailed for eight years. Aloice Mburu, 24, was giving 19-year-old Tabitha Njenga and Perpetual Muchemi, 21, a lift home from a nightclub
AN UNINSURED drunk driver who killed two bright young students when he lost control and smashed into a house, has been jailed for eight years.
Aloice Mburu, 24, was giving 19-year-old Tabitha Njenga and Perpetual Muchemi, 21, a lift home from a nightclub when he raced over a pedestrian crossing and crashed into the wall.
The girls, who met Mburu, of Dunmow House, Maplestead Road, Dagenham, for the first time in the nightclub, died from multiple injuries at the scene.
Ms Njenga was studying for a law degree at Essex University and Ms Muchemi was a first year social work student at the University of Westminster.
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Mburu, who was still twice the alcohol limit two and a half hours later, tried to stagger from the scene despite having a punctured lung, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Judge Lindsay Burn told him: "You deliberately drove with no insurance and you did so for your own pleasure and convenience. You drove when it must have been obvious to you that you were far too drunk to do so.
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"The sentence cannot begin to compensate the families for the anguish your conduct has brought about. No sentence can ever do that."
Graham Lloyd, prosecuting, said the trio had met at the venue in Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, in the early hours of July 25.
They left together at around 7am, in the car Mburu had borrowed from a friend.
Tabitha sat in the front seat and Perpetual in the rear - neither with their seat belts on.
Witness Michael Gayle saw the car going over a hump in the road.
Mr Lloyd said: "He saw all four wheels leave the ground by about five inches. When it did land, it lost control, and he heard the sound of tyres screeching."
It then smashed into the home of Paul Singh, a plumber, in Stratford, causing structural damage.
Mr Lloyd told the court: "Mr Gayle saw the defendant starting to walk away from the scene. He shouted at him to stay put. He had not gone far and came back."
The court heard jobless Mburu took the risk of drink driving because he could not afford a taxi.
He had a previous conviction in 2003 for robbery, but had a clean British driving licence since passing his test in 2008.
Outside court, Ms Muchemi's father Stephen Njoroge, of south London, said: "The sentence is OK. I hope he is going to regret it and when he comes out of prison he will change."
Mburu admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He denied two counts of causing death when over the legal alcohol limit and aggravated vehicle-taking, and the charges were left to lie on the file.