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Appeal over jail sentence given to man who caused crash which killed Totton mum-of-three

Kim Bainbridge and Luke Bates
Kim Bainbridge and Luke Bates

A TOTTON man who fled a crash which killed a mum-of-three could have his six-year sentence extended after a complaint was lodged about the length of the prison term.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed it has received a request under its “unduly lenient sentence scheme” about the punishment handed to Luke Bates (34), of Mansergh Walk.

At Southampton Crown Court in March, Bates admitted causing death by careless driving while over the drug limit, as well as failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance.

The convictions were in relation to a single-vehicle incident in Mountbatten Way, Southampton, on 30th June 2019.

He was at the wheel of a BMW, and the crash resulted in the death of his passenger, Kim Bainbridge (51), from Buckthorn Close in Totton.

As well as the jail term he was banned from driving for seven years.

A spokesperson for the AGO said: “We have received a request for the sentence of Luke Andrew Bates to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

“The law officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.”

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