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Steve Farrell  says:

Death crash policewoman escapes charges because ‘phone was in her lap’

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has escaped prosecution after saying the device was in her lap. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is not enough evidence that Collette Carpenter, 23, committed an offence. Carpenter, a special constable who has handed out at least six fines for using a phone while...

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Feb 12

Posts: 236

Titosfuneral says:

Btw.. this story is going crazy on facebook, there's already more than 1200 people sharing the article.

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Sep 08

Posts: 498

this country is pathetic

that is just about all i have to say really, disgusting that this murderer can get away with this

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Aug 02

Posts: 2319

Hedgehog5 says:

Thanks for that link Formancu...

"The three levels of seriousness are defined by the degree of carelessness involved in the standard of driving. The most serious level for this offence is where the offender's driving fell not that far short of dangerous. The least serious group of offences relates to those cases where the level of culpability is low - for example in a case involving an offender who misjudges the speed of another vehicle, or turns without seeing an oncoming vehicle because of restricted visibility. Other cases will fall into the intermediate level."

In admitting she didn't see the vehicle, & with no other mitigating circumstances (& possibly some aggravating ones), this would appear at the very least to fall into the intermediate level & be well deserving of prosecution under their own guidelines. Our legal system is sick & in this case I'm ashamed to be part of the community in which it operates.


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Jul 12

Posts: 13

PeteDuke says:

If the details of this are correct and as reported, the CPS need to have a review of that decision, urgently, before people who still believe that we have a fair, unbiased and a very good justice system, start to rightly rethink their opinions.

As I understand it; that is a straight forward case of careless driving.  Pulling from a side road onto any road, due care must be exercised, and if any action falls below a standard that reasonable person would expect - that is careless driving. The only way she would be not guilty of an offence would be if, the other vehicle was travelling at such a speed that it was not in view when she started the move - Not from the report. Therefore an offence has been coimmitted.

The investigating officer concludes that  using her mobile phone can only have been a distration. So that can only be careless driving / using a mobile phone whilst driving - another offence.

Lying to investigationg officers  - surely that is obstructing an officer(s) in the execution of their duty at the very least, and or attempting to pervert the course of justice.- another offence.  According to Wkipedia that carries a life sentence.  A Police officer lying - are they fit to hold the office of constable ?  

All of the above, indicates to the public, dangerous driving, and because she caused the death of an innocent biker, doing nothing apparently wrong.  The fault / blame sit squarely on the shoulders of the car driver. What is being done to address that ?

I really hope that Police and CPS have a long hard look at themselves and remember what there role is and who they serve. Then reconsider this decision before they receive the injustice and hurt they have issued to the poor family and memory of Mr Bartholomew.


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Jun 06

Posts: 18

essarremm says:

Outragous Verdict

There has GOT to be some solicitors who'll do some Pro-Bono work for this family.  It's got to be a civil case for compensation, surely, if only to highlight the appalling decision and dreadfully negative safety message it gives.  This needs to be shouted from the rooftops.  EVERY driver has a responsibility to look out for everyone else, if they're not doing that properly it's 'without due care' at the least. I'm so ANGRY at this!!!!!

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Feb 13

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GNinja38 says:

Justice for this biker

this is disgusting! please like and share this page on facebook.

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Feb 05

Posts: 223

Bob_1 says:

Police Look After Their Own

"Carpenter repeatedly lied to police" 

"she had been on the phone the entire journey" 

"The use of her mobile phone ....... has very likely contributed to her not seeing the motorcyclist." 

"not enough evidence to charge Carpenter" 

.....and they wonder why the public have no confidence in the Police or the CPS. Of course there's a case to answer and I sincerely hope that the family of David Bartholomew bring a private action. Disgraceful.

Christopher Chope (Con) is the MP for Christchurch which includes Ferndown where this "accident" took place. I would like to hear his comment. This could be Plebgate in reverse.

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Aug 02

Posts: 545

Quelle surprise

We all know that the Authorities in this Country are bloody corrupt, cases like this just show it, if that were Joe Public we'd have been jailed, branded a danger and banned from driving for bloody years.

This Policewoman and the CPS should hang their heads in shame at this decision, absolutely disgusting.

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Sep 09

Posts: 868

Rogerborg says:

Knowing this this is largely pointless

Te biker was on the RHS of the road, overtaking a van on the approach to a junction.  He couldn't see her, and she couldn't see him.

If the situations had been reversed, if she'd been doing the blind overtake and he'd pulled out, would we be blaming him?

Despite that, the investigating coppers pushed again and again for the CPS to prosecute her, and they refused.  Put that all on the CPS, the family have nothing but good things to say about the coppers.

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Feb 09

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Without wishing to detract from the grief of the family, this was a special plod, who isn't a full time officer. However, if the matter had been investigated PROPERLY, with mobile phone cell site analysis conducted and an itemised bill, together with data requests from the silly tart's network provider, it may have had a different outcome. I, for one, believe that the use of mobiles should be banned in or on any vehicle. These and other electronic gadgets really do overwhelm the limited cerebral capacity of your average, like, motorist, like. Every other word is like, like, these days, like. As for the Criminal Protection Service, well...............couldn't find their own arse with both hands.


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