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Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving has sentence increased

A man who was convicted for a series of driving offences including causing death by dangerous driving has had his sentence increased.

Aaron Guest

On Saturday, 30 June 2018, police were called to reports of a single vehicle collision on Heightington Road between the villages of Bliss Gate and Heightington, Rock near Bewdley, Worcestershire.

The passenger in this vehicle, Benjamin Priest, 23, from Stourbridge, sadly died after sustaining a fatal head injury.

Aaron Guest, 28, of Barn Close, Stourbridge, was arrested and subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving while under the influence of cocaine and cannabis, driving without insurance and perverting the course of justice following an extensive investigation.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to five years and three months in prison on Monday, 17 December 2018. He was also disqualified from driving for seven years and seven months and will be required to take an extended re-test.

On Friday, 1 March, his sentence was increased to seven years after West Mercia Police and the family of the victim lodged an appeal. The Court of Appeal also increased his disqualification from driving to eight years and six months.

Sergeant Mounter from West Mercia Police said: "We welcome the increased sentence handed down to Guest as we felt the original sentence he was given was too lenient which is why we took the decision to immediately appeal and are pleased that our appeal has been upheld.

"Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences and this collision has had a profound impact on Benjamin's family.

"We are committed to improving road safety and prioritise fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions to ensure that every effort is made to bring offenders to justice.

"Our thoughts remain with Benjamin's family and friends as they continue to come to terms with his death and I hope that the new sentence will provide a small sense of closure for his family."

Posted at:10.30am, Monday, 11 March, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 11/03/19