Drink-driver who killed girlfriend in boozed-up smash laughs and jokes on Snapchat as he walks to court to face jail

Thomas Baird, 22, was jailed for four-and-half years for killing his girlfriend Demi Paige Grewer, 18, after driving home drunk from a nightclub.

A court heard the pair had been out celebrating his 21st birthday on July 22 last year before he sped over a roundabout and careered into a barrier.

The car, his mum’s white Vauxhall Mokka, then hit a fence post on a bridge over the river which dented the passenger side door, seriously injuring Demi.

She was taken to hospital but died from her injuries. Another passenger was hurt.

He told police he tried to drive home because a taxi in the early hours would be too expensive.

Baird pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was banned from the road for five years.

Demi’s heartbroken family, from Burnage in Manchester, accused Baird of “playing the victim”.

They said he’d told Demi’s younger sister “to get over it” and claimed his “lack of remorse was beyond heartbreaking”.

The family asked him not to attend the funeral but he did and posted pictures of the service on social media. They also said he turned up at their house on Christmas Day.

In October Baird, from Withington, was told he faced a “lengthy” custodial sentence having admitted the two counts he faced.

Bailed ahead of today’s sentencing hearing the 22-year-old continued to post thoughtless selfies and videos on social media.

Hours before he was jailed, he filmed himself walking to Chester Crown Court and joking with his pals.

Baird, who describes himself as a “entertainer at YouTube” under the name "Tom Locco", posted pictures and videos at a TGI Fridays restaurant yesterday evening.

On Monday morning, an update read “I'll be back very soon”, followed by an emoji of crossed fingers and a blue heart.

Earlier, at 2.06am, Baird posted an update on Snapchat. It read: "I need to be STRONG today."

Baird – described as “heartless” by Demi’s family – has also posted pictures of himself on holiday.

One image, of Baird with pals in Majorca, was captioned: “Just living our best lives”.

Another picture, taken on a beach, was accompanied by the words: “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never it go”.

The court heard Baird was seen “stumbling” as he made his way to his mum’s car on the night of the crash.

A witness reportedly shouted: "What the f*** you driving for, you d***head?"

Defending, Richard Simons, said tests showed his client was “in the extremely low range of intelligence”, adding: "He had an odd and vacant expression on the night, which is precisely how the defendant presents normally.

"He has a great deficit in his day-to-day functioning."

Sentencing Baird, Judge David Hale told him: "You were overtaking cars at 70mph, there was no need. You drove at excessive speed for a couple of miles.

"This was a tragic case. Demi was only 18, at the start of her life."

Following the sentencing, Demi’s mum Lindsay Donohue, said in a statement: "Our family are unable to comment on the sentence as nothing will bring our precious Demi back. We can, after 17 long months, find my daughter a place to rest.

"We need time to grieve without the anger, not only for the devastation Tom caused my family that night, for the pain and suffering he has caused since.

“Demi was so special to me and all my family, she was so close to us all and Tom has left my family totally heartbroken.

"My family face one of the hardest times of the year without Demi and can only hope that Tom realises the pain and torment he caused my family.

"Playing the victim was heartless and the lack of remorse was devastating.

"Tom and his friend told Demi's little sister to 'get over it' which was beyond cruel as they haven't even started to deal with losing their sister and can't ever imagine they will ever get over it, none of us will.

"Demi's loss has left a huge void in our lives which as a family we have struggled to come to terms with. We miss her infectious laugh, beautiful smile and the love she had for everyone.

“The words and stories shared after the loss of Demi made me extremely proud. Demi was an amazing girl, she really was.

“Tom made several wrong decisions that night and as a result we lost Demi. Life is precious, our Demi's life was precious. Demi had so much to live for and we miss her every day.

“People need to know that Tom wasn't the victim, my daughter was and we only hope his sentence today is evidence of this. His behaviour isn't acceptable and resulted in me losing my precious daughter and his lack of remorse was beyond heartbreaking.”



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