‘You knew what you had done’

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Judge Martin Joy said Rusu was “very much af­fected by drink and, no doubt, drugs”.

“Quite plainly, there was a pro­longed pe­riod of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fla­grant dis­re­gard for the rules of the road,” he said.

“No­body saw the col­li­sion, but it is clear from the ev­i­dence you knew what you had done.

“You left the scene to avoid the po­lice be­cause of your in­tox­i­ca­tion.

“It in­volved the tragic death of Mo­hini Arora, who was driv­ing in a per­fectly safe man­ner.

“She was hav­ing a lovely day or evening a short while be­fore.”

The judge added: “Noth­ing I can say un­for­tu­nately can make any dif­fer­ence to the fact that she died as a re­sult of your crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“There is no real mit­i­ga­tion in this case, apart from the fact you pleaded guilty.”

Daniel Stephen­son, de­fend­ing, said Rusu was not able to drive prop­erly be­cause of the amount of al­co­hol he con­sumed.

He had come to the UK to sup­port his fam­ily. His em­ployer de­scribed him as hon­est, trust­wor­thy and pop­u­lar.

“He will be de­ported and have no other op­por­tu­nity to work in the UK again,” he added.

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