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Pete Doherty's manager jailed for hit-and-run

PUBLISHED: 17:12 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:27 06 July 2010

ANDREW Boyd, manager of rock star Pete Doherty, was jailed for 12 months today after leaving a Hadleigh man fighting for his life following a collision with a car.

ANDREW Boyd, manager of rock star Pete Doherty, was jailed for 12 months today after leaving a Hadleigh man fighting for his life following a collision with a car.

Boyd, 42, was also banned from driving for three years, for being the driver involved in a hit-and-run in Benton Street, Hadleigh, which left Chris Corder with life-changing injuries

Mr Corder, of Benton Street, was left in a coma with traumatic brain injuries and will need constant care for the remainder of his life. Five months after the accident the 42-year-old is still in a coma at Colman Hospital in Norwich.

Boyd, of Lady Margaret Road in London, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after previously admitting dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an injury collision and failing to report an injury collision. He also admitted driving without insurance and driving without reasonable consideration.

The collision between Mr Corder and Boyd, who was driving a car owned by Pete Doherty, occurred on Sunday, September 27.

After the sentencing Sergeant Bob Patterson, of Suffolk Police's Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “The sentence imposed today cannot repay the devastating impact this incident has had on life of the victim Chris Corder, or pain and suffering imposed on his family.

“However, as far as the police investigation team is concerned, the conviction of Boyd is a satisfactory outcome.

“It is perhaps a measure of how distasteful this incident was to ordinary members of the public, how a driver could leave a person lying in the road after having hit them and make off, that prompted their assistance in helping the police through the public appeal by the family.

“I would like to thank the public for their assistance, in bringing the defendant to justice.”

Prosecuting lawyer Ros Jones added: “This was a terrible accident which has had tragic and uncertain consequences for the family of Mr Corder, who was seriously injured as a result of this incident, and remains in a coma.

“Boyd has admitted he was driving carelessly when he collided with Mr Corder, and one of his main failings was not to stop at the scene and get urgent assistance for the victim of his poor driver behaviour.

“We hope that by bringing this case to a positive conclusion, the family and friends of Mr Corder can now find some closure and move on with their lives. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this difficult time.”

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