A dad-to-be drank until he was he was three times over the limit and then ran over his own fiancée at their baby shower.
Just three weeks before Daniel Dutfield and Jessica Fenner’s baby girl was due to be born, the couple held a baby shower barbecue. Furious at the low turn-out, 24 year-old Dutfield stormed out of the party and climbed into his turbocharged 1.8l Ford Focus. Dutfield’s car had been modified for speed, including being lowered closer to the road and having a racing-style clutch fitted.
Dutfield accelerated away from the baby shower, achieving speeds of up to 60mph around his estate in Morden in Surrey. As heavilly-pregnant Ms Fenner came out to see what was going on, her fiancé lost control of his car as he went round a bend and smashed into Ms Fenner.
Jessica Fenner was rushed to hospital, but her unborn baby had been killed in the accident. Ms Fenner died in hospital the next day.
Dutfield, who was apprenticed as an engineer, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving. He was jailed for four and a half years, banned from driving for seven years and ordered to pay a £120 surcharge.
Dutfield wept as the Recorder of Croydon, Judge Warwick McKinnon, said: “This is a totally tragic case. Everyone is agreed that this was a freak accident with totally, dreadfully, tragic consequences. However you drove drunkenly, aggressively, and at speed, in a residential area. Children could have quite easily been present. It’s a tragic case, you killed the one you love.”
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