Three year jail term for 24 year old who killed 19 year old in drink-driving incident
Michael Caruana Turner, 24, who ran over several persons killing one of them as a result of a drink-driving incident where his car finished up on the pavement was given a three year prison sentence. He also had his driving license suspended for two years which will commence after he finishes serving his sentence.
As a result of the incident which occurred at 4.50am on 6 July 2018 Tim Scholten, 19, had lost his life. In addition to involuntary homicide, Caruana Turner was also found guilty of injuring seven people and of driving under the influence.
He was driving at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour, when he lost control of the vehicle and ended up on the pavement. The young man tried to flee the scene and when he was arrested, he gave false information to the Police.
The Court presided over by Magistrate Gabriella Vella said that it could not but award a prison sentence due to the gravity of the case and the negligence of the driver.
Despite taking into consideration the accused’s clean criminal record, his stable job and family background and the fact that he had sought help and counselling the Court said this did not make him less responsible for what had happened.