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Driver given seven-year sentence for killing two people

Corey Davies received a seven-year sentence and a driving ban Photo: South Wales Police

A drunk driver who admitted killing his sister and her fiancé in a car crash, leaving his baby nephew an orphan, has been sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Corey Davies, 20, pleaded guilty to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving after flipping his convertible BMW on the winding A4093, near the village of Gilfach Goch, on June 7th.

His sister, Raquel Davies, 23, and her partner, Lee Jenkins, 25, died instantly. They had a nine-week-old son, Harley.

The couple, from the Gilfach Goch area, died instantly in the crash, leaving behind their nine-week-old son

Today, appearing at Cardiff Crown Court via videolink, Davies was visibly upset and sobbed throughout the sentencing.

At one point, he said: "I want to say sorry to both of the families and if I could change anything, I would have".

Davies from Tonyrefail, Porth, will serve the first year of his sentence in a Young Offender Institution as he is under the age of 21.

He was also disqualified from driving for a period of five years and will then have to sit an extended re–test.

The court heard Davies had been drinking "all night" to celebrate his sister's birthday before the crash.

He had alcohol and cocaine in his system when he drove his BMW 1 series convertible through the village of Gilfach Goch, before joining the A4093 towards Tonyrefail.

He lost control of the vehicle at high speed in poor weather conditions and it left the road, colliding with a tree.

Police took blood tests from him, several hours after the fatal crash, and it was calculated that he had been twice the legal limit at the time.

The court also heard Davies had a previous conviction for drink-driving and had been disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Floral tributes on the A4093, near the villlage of Gilfach Goch, where the crash took place

John Hipkin, defending, said: "No apology can put matters right.

"Whatever sentence the court passes, the burden of what he did will remain with him for the rest of his life."

But sentencing, Judge Eleri Rees told him: "No doubt the guilt will always be with you and will be a heavy punishment to bear.

"But you will have the opportunity to rebuild your life at the end of the sentence."

Baby Harley, who was not in the car at the time, is now being cared for by his paternal grandmother, Anne.

In a victim impact statement, she told the court: "My life with never be the same.

"I care for Harley and every time I see him I see Lee and I take some comfort from that."

Davies' family say they have "lost a son and a daughter".

A family spokesman said: "Raquel was perfect in every way and was a devoted mother to her young son.

"She would help anyone out at any time and was a beautiful person inside and out. She loved her fiancé immensely."

In a statement, Lee's family said: "He loved his fiancée Raquel dearly and was enjoying being a new dad to Harley.

"Lee was a keen and talented footballer when he was younger.

"We are heartbroken at the loss of Lee and will cherish all the great times and wonderful memories he gave us."

This was a tragic case and Corey Davies will spend a considerable amount of time in prison. This sentence should be a warning to other drivers.

Any driver who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of drink or drugs and driving in the manner he did is putting their own life, the lives of other road users, and - as we have seen here - the lives of loved ones in grave danger.

I would like to thank members of the public for their response to our appeals for information at the time of the incident, and also thank the police family liaison officers who provided support to the families throughout this difficult time.

– Inspector Carwyn Evans, South Wales Police