The family of a couple killed in a crash caused by a dangerous driver have paid heartbreaking tributes.
Graham and Emma Jennings, from Syston, were returning home from a date night when their car was crashed into on the A46 – they tragically died at the scene.
Dewayne Brown pleaded guilty to causing the couple's deaths by driving dangerously on the night of Saturday August 18 last year and has now been sentenced.
Mr Jennings' daughter Celeste Webster-Jennings spoke of their family's world being turned upside down.
She said "nothing can take away the continuous pain" they feel after losing her dad and step-mother.
Mr Jennings had two grown up daughters Celeste, 23, and Libbie, 18, from his first marriage, as well as two younger children, aged 10 and 11 with his wife Emma.
Reacting to the outcome of today's hearing at Leicester Crown Court , Graham's daughter Celeste Webster-Jennings gave a heartbreaking statement to Leicestershire Live.
She said: "This weekend will be a year since we lost my dad and step mum in the car accident and today the man responsible pleaded guilty.
"I think he did the right thing doing this, the accident has turned my family's world upside down and we are still adjusting to the new life we all have now.
"There's been a domino effect on our family, we lost my granddad three weeks after, my step mum's mum passed away last month, and we continue to grieve the loss of my dad and step mum.
"My dad and step mum were honest, caring people. They always were the centre of laughter in a room and the world has lost its sparkle since we lost them.
"Nothing can take away the continuous pain we feel from losing these people, but I'm glad he is facing his actions and I hope he learns from this."
Celeste, said in her statement, read out on her behalf in court, that her father had been an advocate of people having a pain free and dignified death, adding: "They didn't die in a dignified way, they weren't surrounded by family and it wasn't peaceful."
She said the tragedy had also left her two half-sisters, aged 10 and 11, without their parents to guide them at an important time in their young lives.
Libbie read out her personal impact statement in court describing her extended family as being "very close."
She said her parents had divorced amicably and remained on good terms.
Libbie described spending alternate weeks at each parent's home and having fond memories of family holidays with her father, cycling together and cooking – which she could no longer enjoy with him.
She said the deaths of her father and step-mother had devastated all the family and there was "tears almost every time we meet."
She said: "dad was such a big family man" who had been the "strongest and most important" man in her life.
Miss Jennings also described her "inspirational" step-mother, Emma, as kind, caring and always putting others first.
She added: "I've lost more than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time."
Miss Jennings also praised Emma's parents for "doing an amazing job" looking after her two half-siblings.
Mr Jennings' first wife, Tracey Kimber, Celeste and Libbie's mother, said in her statement, read out by the prosecutor: "In truth I cannot find the words to say how I feel; there are no words."
Mr Jennings' heartbroken mother, Maureen Jennings said in her statement: "The grief was like an incubus on my back stopping me from concentrating on anything else, stopping me from doing anything to the full – I shall never be free of it.
"I've shed more tears since the accident than I've ever thought possible."
Brown was jailed for six years, and banned from driving for seven years.
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