Double death driver sobs in dock

The scene of the crash
The scene of the crash

A MOTORIST sobbed uncontrollably in the dock as he admitted his appalling drink-driving cost two innocent victims their lives.

Dean Farrimond was twice over the limit and driving on the wrong side of the road at speed when he crashed his car into a taxi in Leigh town centre last year, fatally injuring both the driver and his young passenger.

Through his tears, Farrimond pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Kenneth Grimshaw and passenger Emma Houghton by driving dangerously.

Farrimond, 35, of Eden Grove, Leigh, also pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to driving with excess alcohol.

Mr Grimshaw, 59, of Twist Lane, Leigh, died at the scene from multiple injuries and Miss Houghton, 23, of Golborne, was taken to hospital with a serious head injury and died that evening.

They had been in a Ford Mondeo which was in collision with a Vauxhall Astra driven by Farrimond in Twist Lane, Leigh at the junction with Kendal Grove at 3am on November 30.

Farrimond himself had to be cut from the wreckage of his vehicle and suffered leg injuries that required hospital treatment.

Defence barrister Barbara Webster successfully asked for sentence to be adjourned to await a medical report and confirmation from the DVLA about Farrimond’s clean driving licence.

“He is under no illusion but that there will be a lengthy sentence,” she said and added that Farrimond, who sat holding his head in his hands, asked to be remanded in custody.

The hearing was told that Farrimond is a suicide risk.

Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, agreed to remand him in custody until November 7.