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Breaking News ! A "devastated" family have paid tribute to their mum after she was killed by her drink-driving brother-in-law. Sheila Barrett, 70, was tragically killed in a crash while on her way to see a dying relative. Her brother-in-law, George Jones, was driving his wife and her two sisters on the East Lancashire Road at St Helens when he pulled into oncoming traffic. Nicola Murray, who was driving a VW Tiguan, collided with Jones' Vauxhall Corsa, resulting in the tragic death of Ms Barrett in December, 2018. Liverpool Crown Court heard on Friday (October 16) that Jones and his wife had received "a phone call that changed everything" from her sister's nursing home. They advised the family gets there quickly over fears Jones' sister-in-law "may not last the evening". Enter your postcode below to read news in your area Jones, 73, agreed to drive his wife and her three sisters to the home, despite having been to the pub earlier in the day. Liverpool Crown Court heard on Friday how Jones, of St Matin's Grove, Southdene, Kirkby, was pulling in to Catchdale Moss Lane when the collision took place. John Rowan, defending Jones, said: "This is a truly tragic case for all involved. There hasn't been a day, Mr Jones tells me, that he hasn't woken up in the morning or gone to bed at night without thinking of those events. "The regret, the remorse and the shame lives with him every moment of every day." Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. The court heard the pensioner hasn't driven since the collision.
. Following the sentencing, Ms Barrett's son, Frank Barrett, said: "We are today still devastated at the death of our mum, grandmother and friend Sheila Barrett. "We as a family must try to move on after my uncle George Jones caused the death of our mother due to drink driving.
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"We would like to thank the Police Investigation Team and CPS for all their hard work and a separate thank you to PC Jack Hearnden (FLO) for all his support during this sad time. "I would also like say to the lady driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident. We as a family do not blame you in any way for this terrible accident. "Goodnight and God bless Mum. Your son Frank Barrett." Sergeant Mike Clarey, from Merseyside Police's roads policing serious collision investigation unit said: “This was a tragic incident which highlights how reckless and irresponsible it is to drink drive and I hope George Jones now takes time to reflect on the devastation his actions have caused. “Sheila’s family are heartbroken at her loss, but I hope today’s sentencing goes some way to allowing them to begin healing and moving forward. “I hope this sentencing serves as a stark warning to road users who may consider driving whilst under the influence. Rest assured that any driver involved in a collision will be breathalysed and action will be taken should they fail that test.”
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