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Speeding drug-driver, 25, who killed a newly married cyclist is jailed for just 21 months

A rushing drug-driver who ran down and killed a newly married bicycle owner simply seconds after texting a good friend whereas behind the wheel has been jailed for 21 months.

Kornel Marcinek, 25, struck Joe Burton from behind together with his BMW whereas driving at 37mph in a 30 zone in Southampton, simply earlier than 10pm on July 23, 2021.

Simply 21 seconds earlier than crashing into his 33-year-old sufferer, the Polish nationwide, who was excessive on marijuana, was utilizing his telephone to ship a message.

Marcinek has now been jailed for inflicting the loss of life of the electrician, who suffered deadly head accidents within the collision.

Southampton Crown Courtroom heard Mr Burton had married solely three months earlier than he was killed and was ‘trying ahead to creating a life collectively together with his spouse’.

In an announcement his widow Anna Torina, stated the couple had been hoping to start out a household.

She stated: ‘I by no means acquired to say goodbye or inform him I cherished him one final time. I do not actually have a cause to stand up within the morning.

Kornel Marcinek

Joe Burton

Kornel Marcinek (left), 25, struck Joe Burton (proper) from behind together with his BMW whereas he was excessive on marijuana and driving at 37mph in a 30 zone alongside Hill Lane, Southampton, simply earlier than 10pm on July 23, 2021

‘I am nonetheless feeling too weak to work and even search for a job. I see him in my desires very often and that brings consolation and ache. We needed to have a child.’

Ms Torina described how that they had first met once they had been each on vacation in Sri Lanka.

The couple married in April 2021 and determined to maneuver again to his dwelling city of Southampton the place they purchased a flat.

She stated that she will not transfer to the UK from Russia as deliberate as a result of she couldn’t get a visa following her husband’s loss of life.

Prosecuting, Thomas Wright informed the courtroom that Mr Burton was biking alongside Hill Lane, Southampton, simply earlier than 10pm on July 23, 2021, when Marcinek’s BMW collided with him.

The driving force had been at a barbecue earlier that afternoon the place he had smoked a cigarette that ‘should have contained some marijuana’ with a good friend, the listening to was informed.

Whereas driving away from the occasion, Marcinek despatched a textual content to a good friend asking him about some furnishings they had been transferring the subsequent day.

Round 21 seconds after sending the textual content, the motive force, who had solely handed his driving take a look at in October 2019, collided with Mr Burton’s bike.

Mr Burton's mother Christine (pictured), a nurse and counsellor, told the court of the 'excruciating pain and almost unbearable loss' she has felt since her son was killed

Mr Burton’s mom Christine (pictured), a nurse and counsellor, informed the courtroom of the ‘excruciating ache and nearly insufferable loss’ she has felt since her son was killed

The courtroom heard that Marcinek, of Southampton, had been travelling between 37 and 40mph alongside the highway which has a 30mph restrict.

Mr Burton, whose household described him as a ‘hard-working electrician who cherished to journey and exuded happiness’, was rushed to hospital after the incident however died from his accidents.

Marcinek pleaded responsible to loss of life by harmful driving and, in relation to having taken marijuana, inflicting loss of life by driving with out due care and a spotlight, in addition to driving with out insurance coverage.

Along with being jailed for a complete of 21 months, he was additionally banned from driving for 2 years and ten months.

Choose Nicholas Rowlands concluded that the defendant was on his telephone on the time of the incident and was ‘not totally concentrating’.

He stated to the defendant: ‘You should have seen and prevented him (Mr Burton)’.

Mr Burton’s mom Christine, a skilled nurse and counsellor, informed the courtroom of the ‘excruciating ache and nearly insufferable loss’ she has felt since her son was killed.

In an announcement after his loss of life, his household stated: ‘Joe favored to work onerous and play onerous. He skilled as an electrician with an area electrical firm and studied at Eastleigh Faculty, twice reaching apprentice of the 12 months.

The court heard that Marcinek, of Southampton, had been travelling between 37 and 40mph along the road (pictured) which has a 30mph limit

The courtroom heard that Marcinek, of Southampton, had been travelling between 37 and 40mph alongside the highway (pictured) which has a 30mph restrict

‘He cherished travelling and labored in lots of locations together with the French Alps, Thailand, Australia, and Switzerland and in addition spent two excursions in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division.

‘He exuded happiness and will probably be remembered by everybody he met even when he barely spoke their language.

‘His infectious angle would make you’re feeling something was potential.

‘He was just lately married to his spouse Anna and was so excited to be making a life collectively together with her.

‘His phrases to us all lacking him at this time could be, ‘you may be alright’.’

Following the sentencing Police constable Lucy Hawkins, from the Critical Collision Investigation Unit, stated: ‘When Marcinek acquired into his car that night, understanding he was beneath the affect of medicine, he had completely no regard for the hazard he posed to different highway customers.

‘His egocentric and inconsiderate actions meant the lifetime of a well-liked, pleased and well-respected man was lower quick. Joe’s household and associates will now should stay with the catastrophic penalties of this incident for the remainder of their lives.

‘I hope this case will as soon as once more spotlight the risks of driving while beneath the affect of medicine and the duty that falls on all drivers to drive their automobiles safely and with regard to all different highway customers.’

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