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A drink driver who caused the death of his friend has been given a 3 year jail sentence.

However, the family of the teenager who was killed have stated that they have forgiven him.

Stephin Thomas, 19 had been a passenger in a car driven by his friend John Jolly, when it ploughed through a fence near Hearne Bay.

Jolly, who is described as a church going accountant had only passed his driving test 2 weeks before the tragic accident.

The incident began in May 2015 when Jolly, his brother and Thomas decided to continue their night out by driving to Whitstable.

Jolly, who had downed 3 rum and cokes, decided to drive them all there.

However, the car driven by Jolly crashed into a fence after it careered around a bend a 60mph.

As a result of the crash Thomas was impaled on the fence and died as a result of his injuries.

When the police attend the scene Jolly was breathalysed and gave a positive result.

When his blood was tested some 2 hours later he have a reading of 62mg which was below the legal limit of the blood alcohol level, that being 80mg.

However, a back calculation was carried out which showed that at the time of the accident the reading would have been 86mg.

At his sentence hearing the court heard that Jolly was distraught at causing the death of his friend and injuring his own brother.

The judge stated: “I accept you have shown very real remorse. You will live with the consequences of your actions for the rest of your life.”

Investigating officer DC David Holmes said: “This is a tragic case which highlights the risks associated with drink-driving.

“Jolly has now learned a harsh lesson at the cost of others, having participated in drinking in his vehicle and then deciding to continue driving afterwards, knowing the risks.

“His judgement was severely impaired and had he been in a position to fully appreciate his surroundings, he probably wouldn’t have driven in excess of the speed limit, which was clearly too fast for the bend where he lost control.

“As a consequence, the family and friends of Stephin Thomas now have a huge void in their lives as a young and important life has been needlessly lost.”

As well as a 3 year prison sentence Jolly was also disqualified from driving for 3years, then ban to run from his release from prison.

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