A man who admitted to causing the death of a 21-year-old plumber through careless driving while over the drink driving limit has been warned he faces a substantial sentence.
Robert Bryn Williams, 48, was two times over the limit when he crashed his Land Rover Discovery into Kieran Arnold’s car on the Mold to Wrexham Road at Pontblyddyn.
Williams, of Alyn Terrace, Wrexham Road, Pontblyddyn, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Arnold on June 17 by driving without due care and attention when over the drink drive limit.
An interim driving ban was imposed before the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report, but Williams was warned by Judge Philip Hughes at Mold Crown Court that he faces a “substantial custodial sentence” when he returns to court next month.
More than double the drink drive limit
A roadside breath test at the time of the accident showed that Williams had 81 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35mg.
Nicholas Williams, prosecuting, said there had been some discussion between the prosecution and defence over the amount of alcohol that would have been in the defendant’s blood at the time of the collision.
It was the prosecution case that it fell into the top category of the sentencing guidelines. Victoria Evans, defending, said it was conceded that the case was just in the top bracket.
An evidential blood sample had been provided some two-and-a-half hours later. The alternative would be to seek a back calculation on the blood test reading which had a margin of error.
She said that taking into account the gravity of the case, and the defendant’s personal difficulties, she would seek a pre-sentence report.
Mr Williams has been bailed provided he does not attempt to contact prosecution witnesses or Mr Arnold’s family in any way, including via social media.
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