DRINK-DRIVE MUM WHO KILLED DAUGH­TER, 6, AND FI­ANCE JAILED

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A MOTHER-of-two who killed her fi­ancé and six-year-old daugh­ter in a “cat­a­strophic” car crash while al­most dou­ble the drink-driv­ing limit has been jailed for two years.

Carly Tom­lin­son, 24, had drunk two pints of lager and lime and three vodka and Cokes be­fore her blue Fiat Panda smashed into a stone wall in Belper, Der­byshire, in the early hours of Sun­day, April 30 last year.

James Wat­son, 28, and their daugh­ter, Ruby Wat­son, were pas­sen­gers in the car, which mounted the kerb be­fore hit­ting with a tele­graph pole.

Both were pro­nounced dead at the scene while Tom­lin­son suf­fered a bro­ken back, pelvis and ribs.

Not­ting­ham Crown Court heard how Tom­lin­son had been trav­el­ling at 43mph in a 30mph zone on the two-mile jour­ney back to her home from the Mare­hay Min­ers Wel­fare Club. Her young daugh­ter was also “not prop­erly se­cured” in her booster seat and Mr Wat­son was not wear­ing a seat belt at all.

The pros­e­cu­tion said “she sim­ply had a very poor rec­ol­lec­tion of events that morn­ing” when in­ter­viewed by of­fi­cers fol­low­ing the crash.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing on June 22, Tom­lin­son, of Belper, pleaded guilty to caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing while un­fit through drink.

As well as her prison term, she was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four years.

Her de­fence lawyer told the court: “She says, ‘I will never for­give my­self’.”

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