A 420-pound motorist who ran a red light and killed a jogger has appealed for mercy because she is “too fat for jail.”
Morbidly obese Linda Ann Jenns, 49, was in her white Ford Kuga when she sped through a red light, mowing down jogger Paul Stinton, 49.
The unemployed woman was found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court of dangerous driving and causing the death of Mr Stinton from Ashford in Kent.
However, the barrister of the 420-pound motorist has pleaded with the judge that his client, who he described as “morbidly obese” would not be able to cope with life behind bars, because she is “grossly overweight,” and “she might not get through it.”
In an extraordinary appeal to the court, the woman’s barrister, Ian Bridge, appears to claim that morbidly obese people are above the law and should not be held responsible for their own actions, even in they result in the death of an innocent party.
The Daily Mail reports that Mr Bridge told the court that his client had a stroke seven years ago and at the the time of the incident was receiving treatment for her weight problem and was hoping to have a gastric band fitted.
‘”As it is she is grossly overweight, morbidly obese, and since the incident has put on even more weight. She is a person for whom a prison sentence would be extraordinarily difficult and I don’t think I exaggerate when I say she might not get through it.”
The Mirror reports that a number of motorists and shoppers who were in the vicinity of the retail park in Ashford, Kent, on a wet winter’s day in January 2014, gave evidence during the trial of the 420 pound motorist.
Debbie Lange explained to the court that Linda Ann Jenns was driving so fast it shook her car as she flew past.
“I was sitting talking with my daughter when a grey van came hurtling past my car in the outside lane of the dual carriageway.
“It shook my car which made me look up and it went through the red light. Two seconds later a white car came past at speed and straight through the red traffic light.
“I then noticed something flying up in the air. I wasn’t sure what it was until I saw some arms and legs.
“I said to my daughter: ‘My goodness, did you see that?’ I realised then it was a person. I hadn’t seen him before but I had noticed that there were some people at the lights waiting to cross.”
Suffering from head, chest, neck and abdominal injuries, Mr. Stinton was taken to hospital but died from the severity of his condition three weeks later.
Judge Heather Norton gave Jenns an interim driving ban and granted her bail before adjourning sentence for two weeks pending medical reports.
The judge warned the motorist that, despite her barrister’s pleas that she is “too fat for jail,” Jenns faced an “almost certain” jail sentence.
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