Worthing man jailed for hit-and-run at Bestival

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A WORTHING man has been jailed for a hit-and-run at an Isle of Wight music festival which killed a teenager.

James Slater, 33, of Heene Terrace, Worthing, was over the drink drive limit when he killed guitarist Henry Minns at the Bestival festival last year.

Slater pleaded guilty to careless driving whilst over the drink drive limit when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court last Friday.

Judge Ian Pearson sentenced him to four years in prison and banned him from driving for five years.

Henry Minns, 19, from Cornwall was walking along the road shortly after midnight on Sunday, September 12, last year, with a 20-year-old woman from Shropshire when they were hit by Slater who was driving a silver Ford Focus.

Slater failed to stop at the scene, continuing to drive towards Ryde. He then crashed the car and fled the scene – later to be discovered by police hiding under a hedge.

Despite attempts to resuscitate Mr Minns, he was subsequently pronounced dead at hospital. The 20-year-old woman received injuries to her legs and head.

Senior Investigating Officer Inspector Martin Goodall of Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Henry Minns after his life was tragically ended in a collision on our roads.

“This case was a challenge for the police officers and staff from other agencies who had to act with both speed and skill on a main road at night outside one of the year’s biggest and busiest entertainment events.”