Driver caused fatal crash four days after passing his test

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A newly qualified driver killed his friend in a collision just days after passing his test.

21-year-old Joshua Sadler was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, following the fatal crash in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, last February.

Sadler – who has a string of previous convictions for motoring offences prior to obtaining a licence – lost control of his Renault Clio on a 60mph country road and hit a tree, instantly killing his front seat passenger, 19-year-old Mikey Maguire.

Hours beforehand he had been seen driving recklessly and performing handbrake turns in a local car park.

On top of his custodial sentence, Sadler was also banned from driving for five years and will have to sit an extended driving test to get requalified.

However, his victim's mother, Allison Jarman, has criticised the sentence as an insult.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said: "When I was in court my head was in my hands and at one point I couldn't even listen to what was happening.

"I expected the sentence to be low because I have been doing a lot of research online but when I heard it was 12 months it felt like a slap in the face.

"Nothing can bring Mikey back but 12 months for my son's life is shocking. I was absolutely speechless, he will be out in three months."

Bournemouth Crown Court heard a statement from Sadler, read by his legal representative, in which he expressed his sorrow and regret over the crash.

"The incident haunts me every day and will do for the rest of my life. Nothing that is said or done to me can make me feel any worse," he said.