Sharon Bailey, defending, urged Judge Ian Karsten QC to suspend any prison sentence because Cottingham, who acted 'completely out-of-character' has already suffered enough.She was jailed for a year. A year. No mention of the sex offenders register, either...
Kill your loved one driving a car you had no license for?
Anna Hibben, 18, had failed her driving test three times but still got behind the wheel of her boyfriend's Peugeot 106.She walked free, was only given a nine-month suspended sentence.
She drove at speeds of up to 67mph on a country road at night before clipping another vehicle and hitting a tree, killing 17-year-old passenger Gary Pitchford. The car's headlights were turned off at the moment of impact.
Hibben, who was 17 at the time, repeatedly told police that she was 'not driving', but her sandal was found wedged beneath the brake pedal, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.
What is it with judges? Are they all in bed (figuratively!) with Harriet Harman and Vera Baird?