A JOCKEY who caused the death of a three-year-old in a road accident has been jailed for two years.
Ahmed Aldubaili, 31, of Centre Drive, Newmarket, will also be deported for his part in the death of toddler Henry James Blacklock from Red Lodge.
Cambridge Crown Court heard on Tuesday how the crash had taken place.
Aldubaili had been in the UK just one month when he drove friend Keith Clazie’s black Jaguar X-type the wrong way on the B1063 in Ashley, Newmarket on October 23, 2010.
Prosecutor John Farmer said: “Unhappily coming the other way was Martin Blacklock driving perfectly appropriately when he was confronted with the defendant during the hours of darkness coming in the other direction.
“It was not possible to avoid him and there was a head-on collision.”
Henry, who was strapped into a booster seat in the front of the car, was killed. His father survived but suffered severe injuries from which he is still recovering.
Speaking after the sentencing, Henry’s mother, Claire Seager, said: “This is something that will never go away.”
Ms Seager, 37, said the case would provide ‘closure’ for the family but that she would ‘have to remain strong to get through each day’.
She added: “Henry was a healthy, happy little baby and his life was tragically cut short. We will try to remain strong.”
Aldubaili, who had come to the UK from Dubai to pursue a career in horse racing, pleaded to say sorry personally to the relatives prior to his sentence.
Ian Bridge, in mitigation, said: “The defendant finds the fact he is not able to say directly to the family how sorry he is one of the most difficult things about this case.
“One of the things I can do is say that loud and clear on his behalf.”
Aldubaili was also banned from driving for three years having pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and driving without insurance.
Judge Anthony Bate paid tribute to the ‘quiet courage’ showed by Henry’s family.