Drink-driver who killed Selsdon dad Kevin Jenkins jailed for nine years

Croydon Guardian: Kevin Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene Kevin Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene

A drink-driver who mowed down and killed a motorcyclist after a Sunday-morning vodka binge has been jailed for nine years.

Zbigniew Zawistowski, 32, ploughed into 55-year-old father Kevin Jenkins in St Peter's Road, South Croydon, before leaving him for dead on June 9 last year.

Croydon Crown Court heard this week he had drunk enough vodka to "significantly influence" his driving at a friend's house in nearby Dean Street that morning and was already disqualified for drink-driving.

Zawistowski, of Robins Court, Birdhurst Road, South Croydon, was seen driving erratically in his Volkswagen Touareg after leaving his friend's house.

After nearly colliding with two pedestrians, he turned right into St Peter's Road into the path of dad-of-two Mr Jenkins, of Sylvan Close, Selsdon.

Zawistowski and his passenger both abandoned the 4x4 and fled on foot without calling an ambulance or any attempt to help.

Computer software expert Mr Jenkins, who had two sons, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries. Witnesses described seeing the mangled remains of his bike strewn across the road.

Zawistowski handed himself in to police three days later, when evidence of the alcohol was out of his system.

Police learned he had continued to work as a heavy-goods vehicle driver despite being disqualified for drink-driving in March 2012, taking out insurance in his brother's name to conceal his identity.

Zawistowski pleaded guilty on Tuesday to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink, causing death by driving while disqualified, causing death by dangerous driving while uninsured and fraud by failing to disclose information.

He was jailed for a total of nine years yesterday and disqualified from driving for seven years.

Sergeant Stephanie Watts, from the Metropolitan Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Zawistowski paid utter disregard to motoring law and got behind the wheel having drunk alcohol, resulting in the tragic death of a fellow road user.

"We hope today's sentencing is a deterrent to those who believe it is safe to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, especially over these summer months."

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1:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....?
I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....? alroutemaster
  • Score: 8

1:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

alroutemaster wrote:
I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....?
No point, he can just change his name and come back! Human rights lawyers love all that!

If the EU still want's him to cause us more damage and cost in the future it's up to them, they are in charge.

We can't all moan really, Croydon voted Labour and Labour want the EU in control too! We are only getting what we asked for!
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....?[/p][/quote]No point, he can just change his name and come back! Human rights lawyers love all that! If the EU still want's him to cause us more damage and cost in the future it's up to them, they are in charge. We can't all moan really, Croydon voted Labour and Labour want the EU in control too! We are only getting what we asked for! G_Whiz
  • Score: 9

2:12pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

G_Whiz wrote:
alroutemaster wrote:
I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....?
No point, he can just change his name and come back! Human rights lawyers love all that!

If the EU still want's him to cause us more damage and cost in the future it's up to them, they are in charge.

We can't all moan really, Croydon voted Labour and Labour want the EU in control too! We are only getting what we asked for!
Yeah, you are right, but thanks for depressing me even more by pointing out the obvious flaw in my argument. Also the obvious flaw in our loony left liberal open borders policy. UKIP is the only way other than taking to the hills with our weapons!!!
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: I know you never serve the full sentence but even if this scum did, it appears that he would get his licence back after seven years, which is two years before the end of his actual sentence. Or does the seven years commence whenever he is released? No, thought not. And why is he not automatically up for deportation. I thought any sentence over a certain length triggered that.....?[/p][/quote]No point, he can just change his name and come back! Human rights lawyers love all that! If the EU still want's him to cause us more damage and cost in the future it's up to them, they are in charge. We can't all moan really, Croydon voted Labour and Labour want the EU in control too! We are only getting what we asked for![/p][/quote]Yeah, you are right, but thanks for depressing me even more by pointing out the obvious flaw in my argument. Also the obvious flaw in our loony left liberal open borders policy. UKIP is the only way other than taking to the hills with our weapons!!! alroutemaster
  • Score: 4

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