Marc Putnam's family speak out after drug driver Robert Beach is jailed over Hessle crash
THE brother of a man killed by a Porsche driver who was high on drugs has criticised the courts for not banning the motorist for a previous accident.
Marc Putnam, 30, was killed when his friend Robert Beach crashed his Porsche in Priory Way, Hessle, after taking drugs.
Beach already had 16 points on his licence, narrowly escaping a driving ban, after crashing into a house in Hull when he lost control of the same car.
He was allowed to keep his licence despite having more than 12 points after he argued a ban would cost him his job.
Now, Beach is beginning a six-year jail sentence after a jury convicted him of causing his friend's death by careless driving while on drugs.
Mr Putnam's brother Steve said: "Beach should have been dealt with properly by the courts when he crashed his car into someone's house. He should have lost his licence then.
"He shouldn't have been able to drive, and certainly not with 16 points on his licence.
"His driving is clearly dangerous and this resulted in me losing my brother, and my mum and dad losing their son.
"It is right that he has been given a prison sentence, but no amount of time will be long enough for us."
Beach, 36, of Thoresby Street, west Hull, had taken Class C drug Phenazepam, known as bonsai, which is more powerful than heroin substitute diaze- pam and is not available in the UK.
He had collected Mr Putnam from Hessle before the accident at 9.05pm on January 26 last year.
Judge Mark Bury told Beach: "Mr Putnam was an innocent victim in all of this. No sentence will restore his life or alleviate the anguish his parents and loved ones suffer.
"I'm satisfied on the evidence that you took these drugs between 6pm and 9pm on the day in question.
"You are a poor driver and your driving record is a significant aggravating feature of this incident. It seems to me that you deserve and will receive a significant sentence of imprisonment."
Beach was also banned from driving for five years and must take an extended retest before he can drive again.
In a statement, Mr Putnam's parents John and Robina said: "Mark had a heart of gold and would help anyone. He was due to complete a charity cycle ride before his death.
"The loss of a child at any time is so hard to accept but to lose our son in such tragic and needless circumstances is something we and the rest of the family will never get over."
Beach was driving along Priory Way when he lost control coming off a roundabout.
Beach was driving at speeds of up to 42mph on the 30mph stretch after negotiating the roundabout.
The Porsche ended up on the wrong side of the road and drove straight into the path of an oncoming Mercedes.
Mr Putnam was pronounced dead at the scene.
His father John said: "It's left me feeling numb and empty. It has been the most difficult period of my life and one that cannot be repaired.
"I never thought I would see my son's funeral and I will hold the memory for the rest of my life."
Beach broke his back in four places, fractured all his ribs on the left of his body, ruptured his spleen and punctured his lung.
He was placed in an induced coma for eight days and spent three weeks in hospital.
Three months before the incident Beach, who was an operation manager for a cleaning firm in east Hull, crashed his Porsche into a house in quiet cul-de-sac Tara Court, off Ryde Avenue, west Hull, while the pregnant occupant watched television. He then reversed his car and drove off.
The owners had to move out of the house until it was repaired due to the damage.
Beach claimed he needed his licence for his job and the magistrates allowed him to keep it, despite him having 16 points on his licence.