Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Killed Pal after Night on Drink and Drugs; DANGEROUS DRIVER WAS ONLY OUT OF PRISON FOR SIX DAYS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Killed Pal after Night on Drink and Drugs; DANGEROUS DRIVER WAS ONLY OUT OF PRISON FOR SIX DAYS

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@njcmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

DRUNK, drugged and deadly behind the wheel, danger driver Tyrone Quinn killed his friend after careering out of control on their way home from a night out.

James Docherty was just 17 when his life was cruelly snatched away by the appalling driving of Quinn.

The convicted thug had only been out of prison six days, was already banned from the roads and had consumed a significant amount of cocaine and alcohol when he got behind the wheel of a BMW coupe.

CCTV in Newcastle city centre captures the 20-year-old driving in extremely dangerously before he lost control on Askew Road, Gateshead.

The BMW ended up on its roof and James, a talented basketball player, suffered such severe injuries nothing could be done to save him.

Quinn stayed silent when questioned by police about who was responsible for the death of his pal.

Now he has been locked up for six years and nine months.

James' mum, Rachel, fought back tears as she read a heart-rending statement from the witness box at Newcastle Crown Court.

The grieving mum, of Felling, Gateshead, said James, who wanted to study sports science at university, is greatly missed by his family.

Rachel told the court: "There is no sentence which could make up for my son being taken away. What I want is to have James back but that isn't going to happen."

The court heard that on Saturday July 23, James at been to the Metrocentre with Quinn and another man ahead of going out that night.

After visiting the Maiden Over pub, in Felling, the third man drove the BMW 318 coupe into Newcastle and parked it on Nun Street.

They visited several pubs and at some point met two other men who were out on a stag party.

By shortly before 4am, all five men were heading back towards the car and CCTV shows them all appearing intoxicated. …

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