UK: Drunk driver fled to Zimbabwe after crash which killed passenger; jailed 6 years

Jailed six years ... Young Noel Munyanyi

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http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk

LEICESTER: A drunk driver who fled to Zimbabwe after a crash which killed his passenger has been jailed.

Young Noel Munyanyi (33) pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink.

His friend Kainos Mupungu died as a result of his injuries after Munyanyi crashed in Aikman Avenue, New Parks, Leicester, in the early hours of Sunday, May 4, 2014.

The 30-year-old was a passenger in the red Mazda RX8 that Munyanyi was driving.

Munyanyi and Mupungu had attended an event on the evening of Saturday, May 3.

Other guests at the event told police that Munyanyi appeared to be drunk during the course of the evening.

Shortly before midnight, Munyanyi drove away from the venue in the Mazda with Mupungu in the passenger seat.

A number of witnesses told officers that they saw Munyanyi fleeing the scene, leaving Mupungu in the vehicle.

Munyanyi was arrested at an address in Teignmouth Close, Evington, Leicester, on the morning of May 4 and provided a breath specimen.

He was released on bail but fled the country to Zimbabwe on May 8, 2014.

Munyanyi was arrested when he returned to the UK voluntarily on October 23 this year.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink at Leicester Crown Court.

A back calculation conducted by a forensic scientist based on the specimen that Munyanyi provided following his arrest on May 4 estimated that he would have been nearly four times the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.

He was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison, and was disqualified from driving for eight years and four months. He must also resit an extended driving test.

Detective Sergeant Ady Keeble said after the case: “This was an incident where the driver probably knew that he was over the drink-drive limit but still chose to get behind the wheel of his vehicle. It was a tragic decision that resulted in another man losing his life.

“An incident like this should serve as a warning to people who think that it is acceptable to have a drink and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle, particularly in the run up to Christmas.

“It should also serve as a reminder that Leicestershire Police will continue to prosecute people who choose to drink and drive, even if they try to make an escape.”

 

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