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Drunk driver killed his daughter
Michelle Elmore and Darryl Shaw
Michelle Elmore and Darryl Shaw had been drinking before the crash
A drunk driver who caused the death of his 10-year-old daughter in a crash has been jailed for two years.

Darryl Albert Shaw, 42, from Aberystwyth, admitted causing the death of Georgina Sharman Shaw by careless driving after drinking alcohol.

He lost control of his car and hit two cars and a lamppost, Swansea Crown Court heard.

Her mother, Michelle Elmore, 30, admitted child cruelty by failing to ensure she was wearing a seat belt.

Shaw's sister is now calling for an inquiry after revealing she had reported him to the social services for neglecting his daughter, but no action was ever taken.

Kevin Riordan, prosecuting, said both Shaw and Elmore, of Westminster Mews, Aberystwyth, had spent 4 November drinking in nearby Borth.

During the day they drank in the Queen Victoria and broke off only to collect Georgina from school.

The couple, who are long-term partners, then called at the Railway Inn and again at the Queen Victoria until about 2240 BST, when Shaw drove them away in his Peugeot.

By then both had drunk at least eight pints of beer or lager.

You were drunk and neglected your duty as a mother
Judge Christopher Morton to Michelle Elmore

Shaw got as far as High Street, where he ran into a parked Land Rover and a Rover saloon. His vehicle then hit a lamppost before coming to a stop.

It was impossible to fix the speed of the vehicle but no-one disputed it was going at more than the 30mph limit, the court heard.

Mr Riordan said Shaw was up to two-and-a-half times the legal limit of alcohol for driving.

Huw Rees, representing Shaw, said he fully accepted responsibility for his daughter's death.

He had also admitted driving with excess alcohol and without insurance.

Judge Christopher Morton also banned Shaw from driving for four years, and he will have to take an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

Elmore was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and she was also placed under supervision for 12 months.

Judge Morton told Elmore: "You were drunk and neglected your duty as a mother."

The council is satisfied that Ceredigion social services and other agencies involved dealt appropriately with the information provided
Ceredigion County Council spokesman

After the hearing Angela Sharp, 43, the sister of Shaw, spoke of how she alerted social services to the neglect that eventually killed Georgina.

She said she had encouraged her brother to move to Borth from his home in Tamworth, Warwickshire, to start a new life.

"Once they moved back I realised Darryl and Michelle are both chronic alcoholics," she said.

"Georgina was terribly neglected. She was dirty and never fed properly and even on school days she stayed up to 2am.

"I told the social services at Ceredigion County Council what was happening and they did come out and visit them and I understand there was a report.

"She was a beautiful little girl but her little body was all broken after that crash. Why was nothing done?

"If some action had been taken she might be alive now."

A spokesman for Ceredigion County Council said: "The council is satisfied that Ceredigion social services and other agencies involved dealt appropriately with the information provided."


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