Matthew Clemo received a sentence of eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving while under the influence.
A Bedwas man has received a sentence of eight years in prison after causing the death of a cyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Matthew Clemo, 51, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday 26 April after he pleaded guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
He was driving a Ford Transit van in Pandy Road on Saturday 25 September which collided with Michael Vernon Partridge, 76, who later died from his injuries.
Clemo was breathalysed by officers following the collision and supplied the lowest reading of 96 – which is more than more than two-and-a-half times above the legal limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
PC David Thomas, the officer in the case, said:
“This is a tragic case that has resulted in the needless loss of Michael Vernon Partridge – a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and his friends at this time; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
“Matthew Clemo’s reckless actions highlight the real dangers of irresponsible driving and while driving while under the influence of alcohol.
“There can be no excuses for deciding to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs nor driving dangerously.
“It can have devastating impact on other innocent road users, as shown in this case.
“He was left with no option but to plead guilty owing to the overwhelming amount of evidence gathered by our investigation team.
“Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs forms part of the ‘fatal five’ offences, along with careless driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding.
“This is a reminder to everyone who gets behind the wheel – your responsibility isn’t just to ensure your own safety, but the safety of everyone around you.”
Clemo was sentenced to eight years in prison, and he will be disqualified from driving for a period of 12 years.
His licence was also endorsed, and he must take an extended driving test when reapplying for his licence.