Friend of double murder victims drove with no licence or insurance to ‘do right thing’ and offer lift to fellow mourner

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A friend of the victims of a double murder in Boston has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after trying to ‘do the right thing’.

David Anthony Drew, of Market Place, Boston, appeared at the town’s magistrates court and pleaded guilty to driving while drunk, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

Prosecutor Jim Clare said Drew, 26, had been stopped after being seen driving a car, swerving in the road and breaking strongly along Church Road, in Boston.

It was then revealed he was driving with 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Defending, Liz Hart pointed to the fact it was on the day Charlotte Piccaver and Darren Harwood were killed, and said Drew had met with friends as a result.

She said he and his friends had suffered a ‘beyond traumatic loss’ as the victims were ‘close friends’.

She said the owner of the car had ‘got so worked up’ that Drew had seen she was unable to drive the car and had offered to do so himself, thinking he was ‘doing the right thing’ - despite having no licence or insurance.

Also handing Drew a £120 fine, with £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs, magistrates said they had sympathy for the tragic circumstances which occurred on that day.