Man jailed for killing woman in drunken campsite drive

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A man who killed a woman by drunkenly driving into the tent where she was sleeping has been jailed for eight years and four months.

Jake Waterhouse, 27, admitted causing the death of Anna Roselyn Evans, 46, on the Rhyd y Galen campsite near Bethel in Caernarfon in August.

The father-of-two had been drinking lager and Jack Daniels with a friend, Philip Eves, on the evening of Sunday 18 August, prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel told Mold Crown Court.

Taking the wheel of Mr Eves’ car, he drove it around the site in the early hours of the following morning, first colliding with the tent of Neil Cook and partner Megan Lazenby, who suffered minor injuries.

Image: Anna Roselyn Evans died in hospital nine days after being hit by the car. Pic: RCAHMW

Waterhouse, who only had a provisional licence, then crashed the vehicle into the tent where Mrs Evans and her husband Huw had been asleep.

Mr Evans, who had been roused by an “almighty bang”, was cut free from the tent but could not find his wife, the court heard.

“Later he saw her legs sticking out from underneath the car, which was nearby. He felt helpless,” Mr ap Mihangel said.

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Five people lifted the car up to free Mrs Evans, who was unresponsive and died in hospital nine days later, the court was told.

Waterhouse initially fled the scene but returned after his mother told him to do “the right thing”.

The Rhyd y Galen campsite near Bethel in Caernarfon. Pic: Rhyd y Galen

Image: The Rhyd y Galen campsite near Bethel in Caernarfon. Pic: Rhyd y Galen

He tested positive for alcohol but later gave insufficient breath tests and refused to give more specimens at the police station.

Mrs Evans was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in nearby Bangor but later transferred to a major trauma unit in Stoke, where she died on 27 August.

Her husband said her death had had an emotional impact on all of the family, including her children Lowri, 25, and Richard, 24.

He said: “Anna was the love of my life and it will be so difficult to move on, especially with the manner in which she was taken away from us.”

The court heard Waterhouse had a number of previous convictions, including for violence, criminal damage, driving without insurance and driving not in accordance with a licence.

Matthew Curtis, defending, said his client was genuinely remorseful and had tried to write a letter to the family of Mrs Evansbut was “unable to get beyond a paragraph and he knows the words would never be the right words or enough.”

Sentencing, Judge Rowlands said it was an act “of the most appalling irresponsibility”.

He said: “I could so easily have been sentencing you for causing the death of not just one person but, in reality, four that night.”

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