LOUD sobs from a dead woman’s family broke out in court as a speeding driver was caged for mowing her down while celebrating her 26th birthday.
Banker Muhim Miah, 26, was slammed by Charlotte Kenning’s loved ones for his “needless, irresponsible act which resulted in her death" in London.
After he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, Miah was jailed for four years.
The crash occurred on May 25 last year, while Charlotte was trying to cross the road in Limeharbour, on the Isle of Dogs.
But, she was thrown into the air and fell to the ground in front of her boyfriend Elliot Cornelius, the Old Bailey heard.
The couple, who had met at university seven years before the fatal accident, had travelled to London from their home in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, to mark her 26th birthday.
Charlotte was walking just behind her boyfriend as they returned to their hotel – when she was struck by Miah's car.
What happened that night took one life and destroyed the life you were living.
The court heard Miah had been driving his red Vauxhall Astra Racing saloon car at more than 50mph in the 20mph zone when he crashed into Charlotte.
She suffered a severe head injury and later died in hospital.
Miah told police he had been decorating his bathroom and had just left home to buy a paintbrush at Asda before the crash.
He admitted he had been driving above the 20mph limit but could not say what his exact speed was.
Miah, from Cuba Street in Tower Hamlets, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and appeared for sentencing today.
In his victim impact statement, Elliot Cornelius described his long-term girlfriend's death as a "total shock" and "some sort of nightmare".
He said he did not think it was real, adding: "Everything I had done and was doing at this point was for her and for us.
"Everything I had known for the last seven years was no longer."
The court heard that her boyfriend has since suffered from depression and given up his job and promising career.
Sophie Kenning described her sister as a "generous and kind" and "selfless" person who never sought money and would stick up for the underdog.
She told how her family's lives were turned upside down after "a needless, irresponsible act resulted in her death".
In mitigation, Gary Pons told the court Miah had repeatedly expressed remorse.
Jailing Miah, Judge John Hillen said: "There was absolutely no reason for you to drive as you did.
"Tragically that appalling driving coincided with Charlotte crossing the road.
"Due to your speed both Elliot Cornelius and Charlotte Kenning had considerably less time to cross the road as they reasonably expected.
"Had you been driving at the speed limit, it is likely that they could have crossed the road safely before you reached them.
"What happened that night took one life and destroyed the life you were living."
As well as jailing him, the judge disqualified Miah from driving for seven years.
Loud cries and wailing could be heard in court as the defendant was sent down.
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