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Saturday, 28 March 2015

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Drink-drive man admits causing death of Cumbrian pub manager

A man faces a “significant” jail sentence after he admitted causing the death of a Caldbeck pub manager while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ryan Glendinning photo
Ryan Glendinning

Dominic Loftus, 22, died last October at Greystoke, near Penrith, following a late-night collision.

He was a back-seat passenger in a BMW being driven along the B5288 from Motherby to Greystoke, when it left the road and crashed into a dry-stone wall and hedge.

The crash left the driver Ryan Glendinning and two other men seriously hurt.

Glendinning, 23, of Dacre Bank Farm in Dacre, pleaded guilty to the charge at a short hearing at Carlisle Crown Court.

He also admitted to failing to provide a specimen, in connection with the drink-driving charge.

Glendinning denied three other charges – causing death by dangerous driving and seriously injuring two other people. Tim Evans, prosecuting, said that the guilty plea was acceptable to the Crown.

The court heard that the two people injured in the incident were Ross Dawson and Daniel Todd.

Alistair Macdonald, defending, asked that sentencing be adjourned so that pre-sentence reports could be prepared.

However, Judge Paul Batty said that as Glendinning was facing a jail sentence a full report should not be needed.

He said: “A significant sentence of custody will follow.”

The judge adjourned sentencing until Friday September 5.

Glendinning was released on bail on the condition he lived at his home address, and was warned he would be disqualified from driving.


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