An Army sergeant killed a diner after accidentally reversing a two-ton truck into a Belizean cafe while drunk.
Sergeant Lee Humphreys, 44, of the 32nd Regiment, Royal Artillery, had been socialising with other soldiers at a night club while stationed in Belize, a court martial has heard.
After he got into his Ford F150 pickup just after midnight to drive home, the Army driving instructor put it in the wrong gear and careered backwards at 15mph into four people eating at a cafe.
The heavy blue truck injured three men and ran straight over Jose Molina, a father of one from El Salvador, crushing him.
Horrified, the soldier then stood and watched as police moved the truck from the scene of the crash, to release the 43-year-old’s body from underneath.
Humphreys, stationed at the British Army Training and Support Unit in Belize, had denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted and jailed for five years at Bulford Military Court.
The court heard that he was found to be over the drink-drive limit after spending the night drinking at the ‘Dream Like City Night Club’ before the accident at neighbouring Sonia’s Diner in Belize City.
Prosecutor Ahmed Hossain said Sergeant Humphreys, who had served in the army for 18 years before the incident and had previously been stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving last year, had got into the vehicle over the drink drive limit.