A motorist who has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving has pleaded to be spared a prison sentence for being too fat, according to an aol.com report.
Linda Jenns, of Ashford, Kent, who weighs up to 30-Stone (210kg), killed jogger Paul Stinton, after driving through a red light at speed.
She collided with Mr Stinton as he crossed the road. He was taken to hospital by air ambulance with head, chest, neck and abdominal injuries, where he died three weeks later.
Jenns was convicted after three days of deliberation by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.
The court heard that the woman was at the wheel of her white Ford Kuga crossover, when she followed a van at high speed through a red traffic light, in wintry conditions.
Witness Debbie Lange said: “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 went straight through the red traffic light,” the Express reports.
“I then noticed something flying up in the air. I wasn’t sure what it was until I saw some arms and legs.”
Other witnesses estimated that Jenn was travelling at up to 70mph, but expert evidence indicated that she was within the posted 40mph limit at the time of the collision.
Despite being told she faces a “near-certain” custodial sentence, Jenns’ defence barrister, Ian Bridge, argued that she wouldn’t be able to cope with prison due to her weight.
“As it is, she is grossly overweight, morbidly obese and since the incident has put on even more weight,” he said.
“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.”
He went on to explain that Jenns had suffered a stroke seven years ago, and was receiving treatment for her weight with a view to having a gastric band fitted, though had since put weight on again due to the stress of the collision.