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Henry Bett convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

21/07/2015

Henry Bett, aged 26, has today (21st July) been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving at Huntingdon Crown Court and will be sentenced on 20th August.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This was a very sad case, the consequences of which have had a terrible impact on many lives. The victim was a wife and mother, and her family and friends have been devastated by her death.

"Rebecca Brown, 43 years old, had been driving along West Acre Road, Castle Acre, Norfolk, with her son in the car, shortly after 3pm on 04 December 2013, when she was struck head on by a Fendt tractor driven by Henry Bett. The driver's side of Mrs Brown's Fiat Ulysses people carrier was crushed and she died at the scene.

"Bett was travelling in the middle of the road at speed and failed to take any or sufficient steps to avoid a collision with Mrs Brown's vehicle. Following the collision the tractor continued some 45 metres down the road before coming to a halt. On the evidence presented at trial he had 100 metres of visibility leading up to the point of the collision in which he should have seen Mrs Brown's vehicle ahead of him and should have quite easily steered around her, as she had pulled over onto the nearside verge to give the tractor room to pass. It is likely that his use of cocaine 12-24 hours before the collision caused a lack of concentration and the slowing of his reactions. It should act as a reminder to others that any use of drink/drugs before driving or operating machinery can have very serious consequences.

"We have worked closely with Norfolk Police and Essex Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We hope that the conviction will in some way help Mrs Brown's family come to terms with this tragic event.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

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