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Drink-drive mum killed partner and daughter, six


A WOMAN who killed her fiancé and six-year-old daughter in a car crash while almost double the drink-driving limit has been jailed for two years.

Carly Tomlinson, 24, had drunk two pints of lager and lime and three vodka and cokes before her Fiat Panda smashed into a wall in Belper, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Sunday, April 30, last year.

Her fiancé James Watson, 28, and their daughter Ruby died when the car mounted a kerb and hit a telegraph pole at 1.25am. Tomlinson suffered a broken back, pelvis and ribs.

Victims: James Watson and his six-year-old daughter, Ruby PICTURE: SWNS

Nottingham crown court heard the mother-of-two had been doing 43mph in a 30mph zone on the two-mile trip home from the Marehay Miners Welfare Club.

The prosecution said Tomlinson ‘simply had a very poor recollection of events’ when she was interviewed in the months following the crash.

At a previous hearing on June 22, Tomlinson, of Belper, admitted causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink. As well as her prison term, she was banned from driving for four years.

Judge Gregory Dickinson QC told the former cleaner and police support worker: ‘This case is both serious and tragic. No one here knows why you drove. You should not have been driving. You knew that you must have had too much to drink.

‘I suspect the physical injury is nothing compared with the emotional damage. You killed your own child and your fiancé — people that you loved and people that loved you. You will be haunted by this for the rest of your life.’

Mr Watson’s mother Janine Hitchcock, 51, said she could not attend court because she was ‘so angry’. In a victim impact statement, she said: ‘I am not supportive, I think she should pay for her actions. (Ruby) was killed by the actions of her mother.

‘My family has been completely torn apart and I feel awful like I can’t breathe. I feel so strongly that she should be punished.’

Raglan Ashton, defending Tomlinson, said: ‘She says, “I will never forgive myself and not a day goes by when I don’t think of James and Ruby” and, given the chance, she would put herself in their place.’