Braintree district: Woman escapes jail term for death by careless driving

Lee Dipino

Lee Dipino

First published in News

A woman has walked free from a court for killing her boyfriend in a death crash.

Former dental nurse Jayme Mann was told by a judge a combination of her drivng inexperience and a "momentary lack of attention" had claimed the life of her passenger, 20-year-old Lee Dipino, of Summerfields, Sible Hedingham.

He died after Mann's Renault Clio went out of control and hit a tree near Sible Hedingham on May 8, 2010.

Mann, formerly of Braintree, denied but was convicted on a charge of causing death by careless driving after a trial last month.

Judge David Turner QC told 21-year-old Mann, of Butlers Way, Great Yeldham, today she would not be going to prison.

It was a tragic case which had brought dreadful circumstances to everyone involved, he said.

He told the court: "Drink and drugs were not involved, you were not messing around with your mobile or the radio and you were not any sort of girl racer."

But the judge said Mann's driving experience - she passed her test a year before - not safely negotiating a bend in the road due to a misjudgement, and a lapse in concentration or a combination of those factors were responsible.

"It was a momentary lack of attention" the judge said.

She was given 12 months supervision, a 240 hour unpaid work order and banned from driving for two years and told to take an extended driving test.

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