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London minicab driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs

8 Feb 2019

 

A London mini-cab driver who knocked down a 27-year-old man who died at the scene has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. 

Adefemi Adebisi, 36, knocked down and killed  Joshua Hayes in Lewisham in October 2016. As reported by the Evening Standard, a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as asphyxiation.

Abedisi, of Surrey Docks, was previously found guilty for causing death by careless driving while over the limit through cannabis in December, at Woolwich Crown Court.  

 

Detective Sergeant Wendy Parker, lead officer in the case from the Roads and Transport Policing Command at the Met, said: 

 

"Adebisi admitted in court that he had used cannabis multiple times in the space of one week. The public put their trust in licensed mini-cab drivers and expect to be transported in a safe environment when they step into a vehicle.

"This man imprisoned today undoubtedly put others at risk by his behaviour and this case shows the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs. We hope it will act as a deterrent in future to others."

After the crash, authorities attended and found Mr Hayes, who was from Sidcup, lying injured.
 

The case took two previous attempts to come to court before concluding today. 


Joshua's mother detailed the devastating effect his untimely death has had on the whole family.

Mrs Hayes, said: "This man is a habitual risk taker...without due care for his passengers, other road users and pedestrians. He could have eased our burden by pleading guilty and saved us years of pain leading up to the trial." 

 

(Image credit:Met Police)

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