Woman jailed for car chase death
A jealous girlfriend has been jailed after causing the death of a pedestrian as she engaged in a car pursuit with her lover who she believed was cheating on her, police said today.
Claire Johnson, 25, a teacher, of Locks Road, Locks Heath, Southampton, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to two years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
The accident in Park Road, Portsmouth, caused the death of 22-year-old scaffolder Matthew Bailey.
The boyfriend, Russell Bennett, 24, of Brock Close, Birmingham, was sentenced to 14 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
The court heard that Johnson, suspecting that Bennett was having an affair, waited outside the restaurant where he worked.
When she saw him drive off with a woman in his car at 2am, she followed him.
Bennett, driving a Ford Focus, became aware of his girlfriend pursuing him in her BMW Mini and drove through three red lights in a bid to get away from her.
As the two cars drove along Park Road, Bennett's car missed Mr Bailey as he attempted to cross the road with some friends after a night out but he was struck by Johnson's Mini.
The court heard that Johnson got out of her car and tried to resuscitate Mr Bailey but he died as a result of the accident.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News after the court hearing on December 2, Mr Bailey's mother, Anne Hayes, said: "He was so happy with his new job and full of plans for the future.
"Thinking of all the things he will never do and all the times he won't be there is just unbearable."
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala