Drug-driver who killed actress’s nephew while high on school run is jailed

Drug-driver who killed actress’s nephew while high on school run is jailed
Pic shows Luke McErlean, arriving at the Old Bailey. A man admitted mowing down a family member of actress Linda Bassett while high on drugs at the Old Bailey. Luke McErlean, 35, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on the 9th of October last year. He killed Dominic Basset, 41, on the A20 in Kent. Family members, including Call the Midwife actress Linda Basset, attended the Old Bailey to see McErlean plead guilty. DUE TO BE SENTENCED TODAY. 29.7.19 SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Luke McErlean had his two younger sons in his Mercedes when he smashed into Dominic Bassett’s bike (Picture: Central News)

A drug-driver who used to be on the school run when he killed a motorcyclist has been sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in jail.

Luke McErlean, 35, used to be taking his two younger sons to school when his Mercedes hit the again wheel of a bike, sending Dominic Bassett, 41, into the air and right into a lamppost in Sidcup Road, Eltham, south-east London, on October 9.

Other motorists stated that they had been ‘uncomfortable’ with McErlean’s riding and the state of his automobile, and claimed he didn’t glance to the left earlier than ‘swerving aggressively’ and ‘veering sharply’, the Old Bailey heard.

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McErlean, a hashish consumer since he used to be 15, had 3.five micrograms of THC (the lively chemical in hashish) in line with litre of blood in his machine. The criminal restrict is two micrograms.



He had now not changed the lacking nearside reflect on his car and the coolant machine used to be erroneous, the court docket used to be informed.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC informed him disturbing options have been his ‘failure to have repairs to your vehicle and the fact that the bicycle would have been visible had the mirror been fitted and indeed should have been visible had you checked over your shoulder’.

‘You had two babies within the car and but in spite of having this accountability you have been nonetheless habitually smoking hashish.

‘This was not just a momentary inattention, it was aggravated by your failure to check your vehicle and your ongoing cannabis habit.’

McErlean, of Stone in Dartford, Kent, pleaded in charge to inflicting demise through careless riding while underneath the affect of substances. He used to be disqualified from riding for 2 years with a 20-month extension and must retake his riding take a look at.

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Three days earlier than the crash, college lecturer and son of actress Linda Bassett, Dominic were taking part in his son Harvey’s first birthday celebration.

He used to be revived on the scene and brought to medical institution however had suffered a aggravating mind harm, together with backbone and neck accidents. His circle of relatives took the verdict to take him off lifestyles toughen and he died on October 19.



The court docket heard a sequence of emotional affect statements from the Bassett circle of relatives which, the pass judgement on stated, confirmed he used to be an ‘exceptional, intelligent and delightful’ circle of relatives guy who used to be ‘in the prime of his life’.

Mr Bassett’s aunt Linda stated he went to paintings through motorbike as a result of he sought after to be house in time for Harvey’s tub and that the infant obviously misses his father, pronouncing: ‘I think he looks out for his daddy a lot.’

She added: ‘He was about to enjoy the very best of his life. He was loved by everyone who knew him and we will miss him for the rest of our lives.’

Mr Bassett’s widow Katie struggled via tears as she informed the court docket she is ‘utterly grief-stricken’, elevating a kid on her personal when their plans had all the time been to have a larger circle of relatives in combination.

Being a unmarried mom is ‘incredibly wearing, stressful and exhausting’ and an an increasing number of traumatic monetary blow, she added.

Harvey won’t ever know his ‘extraordinary father’ and he or she has needed to train him ‘about death and grief before he has even been able to learn to talk’, she stated.

She added that her husband used to be a accountable driving force and had all the time commented to her {that a} car is ‘a two-tonne weapon’.

His mom Eileen described her son as a ‘doting father’ who used to be ‘cruelly robbed’ of his lifestyles through ‘the wanton behaviour of a reckless motorist’.


McErlean, who informed police he had smoked two joints the night time earlier than the crash, is ‘forever remorseful’ and his ‘heart goes out’ to Mr Bassett’s friends and family, defence legal professional Simon Pentol QC stated.

He stated McErlean’s car home windows have been misting up and his son used to be screaming as a result of he concept the car used to be on hearth when he took the ‘crazy’ determination to tug over, which brought about the crash.

Mr Pentold stated: ‘He (McErlean) accepts that he did not drive within the requisite standard and that it was without a wing mirror.’



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