A MAN has admitted causing the death of a young plumber by driving his Land Rover Discovery carelessly while he was two times over the drink drive limit.
Kieran Arnold, 21, was killed in a crash on the Mold to Wrexham Road at Pontblyddyn in the summer and Robert Bryn Williams, 48, was warned at Mold Crown Court that he faced a substantial custodial sentence when he returned to court next month.
Williams, of Alyn Terrace, Wrexham Road, Pontblyddyn, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Arnold on June 17 by driving without due care and attention at a time when he was over the drink drive limit.
Judge Philip Hughes adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report but told him: “You must expect to receive a substantial custodial sentence.”
An interim driving ban was imposed in the meantime.
A roadside breath test showed that Williams had 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.
Nicholas Williams, prosecuting, said there had been some discussion between the prosecution and defence over the amount of alcohol that would have been in the defendant’s blood at the time of the collision.
It was the prosecution case that it fell into the top category of the sentencing guidelines.
Victoria Evans, defending, said it was conceded that the case was just in the top bracket.
An evidential blood sample had been provided some two-and-a-half hours later.
The alternative would be to seek a back calculation on the blood test reading which had a margin of error.
She said that bearing in mind the seriousness of the case, and the defendant’s personal difficulties, she would seek a pre-sentence report.
Judge Hughes agreed and said: “He must be under no illusion that he is going to receive a substantial custodial sentence on his return.”
The judge bailed Williams on condition he does not contact prosecution witnesses and that he does not contact Mr Arnold’s family by any means whatsoever, to include social media.
At the time of his death, tributes were paid to Mr Arnold.
His devastated family said he was a fantastic son and a loving big brother.
They said he was a keen bodybuilder who enjoyed all sorts of sports, including football, and generally keeping fit.
He was well thought of within his work as a plumber and was said to be a hard working man with drive and ambition, who aspired to start his own business.
The family said in a statement that Kieran was a handsome young man who spent most of his time with his long-term girlfriend Lizzie.