Driver who killed two cyclists jailed for 10 years

Serial offender Alexander Walter killed two cyclists in Berkshire in February whilst driving a stolen car drunk and without licence

A man who killed two cyclists whilst drunk and driving a stolen car in Berkshire has been given a 10 year and three month sentence for two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.

Alexander Walter hit and killed John Moorland and Kris Jarvis whilst they were cycling on the A329 in Purley-on-Thames on February 13 2014. Walter was travelling in a stolen BMW and was found to be two and a half times over the legal drink-drive limit in addition to having taking cocaine in the previous 24 hours, the BBC reports.

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Walter pleaded guilt at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday. Judge John Reddihough said that the evidence against Walter was ‘overwhelming’ and said “Seven children are left without a father and two women have been left without partners.”

Walter was driving the BMW at 70mph in a 30mph zone when he lost control of the car and hit Moorland and Jarvis before crashing into a lamppost. The 31-year-old was still serving a four-year disqualification from driving handed to him in 2010, and had no insurance.

It was reported that Walter was being pursued by the police at the time of the incident.

Walter has a long history of offending, appearing in court on 14 previous occasions for 67 offences. He had previously been jailed for a Heathrow Airport bomb hoax in 2001 and fraud in 2003.