In October 2010 the man caused an accident in the Massemen area of Wetteren in which his 28-year-old girlfriend lost her life.
He was found to have been under the influence of drink and drugs at the time of the accident. The man has previous convictions for a string of motoring offences over the past eight years.
In his summing up, the judge said that the man’s behaviour was tactless, mind-boggling and criminal.
"This is the kind of behaviour that society needs to be protected from”, the judge concluded.