Drunk driver who killed three teenage friends jailed for 13 years

A drunk driver who killed three boys as they walked to a 16th birthday party was told to "rot in hell" as he was jailed for 13 years.

Jaynesh Chudasama, 28, was more than two-and-a-half times the limit and doing 71mph on a 60mph road in Hayes, west London, when he ploughed into the teenagers, sending them flying through the air.

The car hire worker, who also had traces of cannabis in his system, pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of semi-professional footballer Harry Rice, 17, apprentice electrician George Wilkinson, 16, and labourer Josh McGuinness, 16.

Jaynesh Chudasama, the drunk driver who killed three boys as they walked to a 16th birthday party (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Chudasama was jailed for 13 years (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Family members and friends of the boys vented their anger and grief as they packed into the Old Bailey for his sentencing.

They labelled the defendant a "coward" for running away and leaving the teenagers to die in the road.

Josh's mother Tracy Blackwell told Chudasama: "You are going to rot in hell, mate."

Sentencing, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said: "It is obvious that nothing any court can do can measure the loss of Josh, Harry and George for the obvious reason that their loss is immeasurable."

She jailed the defendant for 13 years and disqualified him from driving for 13 years and six months.

Harry Rice's brother, Matthew, joins protestors outside the Old Bailey (Emily Pennink/PA)
Harry Rice's brother Matthew outside the Old Bailey (Emily Pennink/PA)

Outside court, a crowd of protesters called for stiffer sentences for killer drivers.

Harry's brother Matthew said: "I'm protesting because my brother was ruthlessly taken away with his two friends by a callous driver who got in a car knowing he was going to drive the vehicle under the influence.

"He should not see the light of day - end of story."

The maximum punishment for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years in prison however the court heard Parliament is considering proposals for life sentences for the most serious cases.

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