Alexander Farrar Walters
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Death crash drink driver Alexander Walters jailed

A drink-driver who knocked down and killed two cyclists in a stolen car while being followed by police has been jailed for 10 years.

Alexander Farrar Walters, 31, who is originally from Grangetown, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to seven charges, including two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He also admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, driving while disqualified and driving while uninsured.

Walters, a Russian-born orphan adopted by a Welsh vicar when he was 17, was doing 68mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the men, Reading Crown Court heard.

In 2003, he was jailed for six months after duping several airlines in a plot that mirrored the film, Catch Me If You Can for using a chequebook from his failed company to buy flights to destinations including the United States, Johannesburg and Sydney.

And in 2001 he was sentenced to two years' custody after phoning a bomb hoax to Heathrow Airport just days after the 11 September terror attacks on the United States.

Nick Palit reports.

  • 16 Apr 2014
  • From the section Wales