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Death crash driver banned

PUBLISHED: 11:06 02 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

A 25-year-old plasterer has been banned from driving for a year after a crash in which two of his friends were killed.

Samuel Morphey yesterday admitted driving without due care and attention after his Nissan left the road and hit a tree in Henham, near Beccles.

A 25-year-old plasterer has been banned from driving for a year after a crash in which two of his friends were killed.

Samuel Morphey yesterday admitted driving without due care and attention after his Nissan left the road and hit a tree in Henham, near Beccles.

Morphey was driving his two friends Darren Welton and Samuel Fordham to work in Norwich on January 23 when his car left the road near the Sotherton crossroads on the A145 just after 7am.

Mr Fordham, 28, of Saxmundham, was pronounced dead at the scene and 20-year-old Mr Welton sustained serious injuries and died in hospital later that day.

David Hutson, prosecuting, told Lowestoft Magistrates' Court yesterday that there was no evidence to suggest that Morphey, of High Street, Yoxford, was driving over the 60mph speed limit but that he simply took a corner too quickly and left the road.

Matthew McNiff, defending Morphey, said: “The accident was a consequence of a momentary lapse of attention which had, as a consequence, these very tragic events.

“He was a young man who was at that time driving quite properly. He was not speeding or driving erratically.”

Mr McNiff said that there is a history of serious collisions near the Sotherton crossroads. “One can only hope that changes will be made in order to minimise the chance of further accidents occurring,” he said.

Morphey was fined £420 and has been disqualified from driving for 12 months. Chairman of the bench, James Goldspink, said: “The tragic consequences of your driving lead to the unfortunate deaths of two people.

“We have looked at the degree of culpability, but the consequences of your driving have taken us to the upper level of our sentencing powers.”

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