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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Five years for Cumbrian death crash drink-driver

A drink-driver who caused a crash that killed a popular pub boss was today jailed for five years.

Ryan Glendinning photo
Ryan Glendinning

Ryan Glendinning was behind the wheel of a BMW that came off a rural road, crashing into a wall and a hedge.

The crash killed 22-year-old Dominic Loftus, who was manager of The Oddfellows Arms pub at Caldbeck.

Glendinning, 24, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and consideration while under the influence of alcohol.

He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Speaking afterwards, PC Philip Renney said: "The family of Dominic have been left heartbroken as a result of Glendinning’s actions last year and I am pleased that justice has been served.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to other young people – driving while under the influence of drink or drugs can easily result in tragic consequences, not only for yourself, but possibly your friends.

"What may seem harmless fun at the time can go horribly wrong and will follow you for the rest of your life."

Dominic's father, Ian Loftus, said: "Everyone has one or two special people in their lives that when something happens during your day you automatically pick up the phone to call or to text them.

"Dominic is still at the top of my very short ‘favourites’ list and I’m not brave enough to delete him, I don’t want to delete him.

"Taking his name out of my phone, would seem like closing another door on his life and my connection with him. Cancelling his phone contract, his car insurance, his National Trust membership, his bank accounts and credit cards, and all the other pieces of his life, is the death of a thousand cuts.

"Every day, even today, my finger goes subconsciously to his name to dial and I stop myself. At the beginning I did dial, just to check that he really wasn’t here."

Click here to download the family's full statement.

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