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Jail for toddler death L-driver
L-driver Paul Cambray
Paul Cambray was jailed on Monday for eight years
A learner driver who killed a boy of two when he crashed unsupervised onto a beach has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Cambray, from the Isle of Wight, was found guilty earlier this year of causing the death of Maximillian Young, of London, by dangerous driving.

Cambray, 46, of Great Preston Road, Ryde, was also found guilty of dangerous driving and the unlawful wounding of the boy's father.

The incident happened at Yaverland on the Isle of Wight on 24 July last year.

(Mr Young) knows that no sentence, however long, will bring his son back
Insp Andrew Timms

Insp Andrew Timms, of Hampshire Police, welcomed the sentence given to Cambray and said: "You must remember a two-year-old boy has been killed and his father seriously injured, taken out of his family and workplace for a considerable period of time.

"The sentence reflects this.

"Mr Young is pleased with the outcome but he knows that no sentence, however long, will bring his son back."

Judge Richard Price, at Portsmouth Crown Court, sentenced Cambray on Monday to eight years' imprisonment for the offence of death by dangerous driving, 12 months for dangerous driving and three years for the wounding charge, all to run concurrently.

He was also banned from driving for 10 years and was told he would have to complete an extended driving test after this period.

BMW after plunging on to beach
The BMW went over the sea wall and landed on Yaverland Beach

Sentencing him, Judge Price said: "You took a terrible risk by driving without proper supervision, as a result of which a young child lost his life and his father was seriously injured."

He said evidence heard in the trial which showed Cambray had driven his car unsupervised on several occasions prior to the accident, aggravated the offences.

He added: "You had serious difficulty in controlling the powerful 3.5-litre BMW that you, a man who had never passed a driving test, used unsupervised for several months before the death of this child.

"If you had been supervised by a qualified driver, it is in my judgment unlikely - I cannot say impossible - that your car would have travelled far enough to go over the wall."

The trial heard that Cambray told police his foot slipped from the brake to the accelerator, causing the car to fly off an 11-foot-high sea wall before landing on the beach below.

The car fell on the toddler and his father Charles, who were visiting the island with Maximillian's mother, Antje.

In court on Monday, Robin Bryant, defending, said that Cambray was "truly sorry" for what had happened.

He said: "He knows only too well that he has devastated a young family."

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