Drink driver jailed over friend’s death in Leeds crash

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A talented student was killed after his close friend lost control of the car they were travelling in and ploughed into a wall while he was over the drink-drive limit.

Trust Tshuma, 24, suffered fatal injuries in the collision when Ngwenya Sinini lost control of his girlfriend’s Vauxhall Corsa as they drove along Leeds inner ring road.

Leeds Crown Court heard Sinini, also 24, was just under one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when he veered across the carriageway and collided with a traffic island before crashing into a wall.

The incident happened around 3.45am on April 20 last year after the friends had been out socialising. Simon Waley, prosecuting, said Sinini was uninsured to drive the vehicle which was being driven above the speed limit. The prosecutor said it was still unclear why Sinini had veered across the carriageway.

Sinini, of Mexborough Drive, Chapeltown, Leeds, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing death while uninsured. He was jailed for 22 months. The court heard Mr Tshuma moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2006 and was a popular and hard-working business studies student at Huddersfield University.

A statement read to the court on behalf of his mother said: “No words can explain the sad loss of my son. I feel empty, lost, stressed and depressed because my world had fallen apart.”

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said Sinini is a former architecture student at Leeds University who now worked for the NHS.

She said Sinini had also been devastated by the loss of his close friend and was receiving counselling to come to terms with what had happened. She added: “His remorse is both genuine and significant. It will blight his future prospects.”