Lincolnshire

Latvian axe killer Intars Pless guilty of moped death crash

Intars Pless
Image caption Pless drove away from the scene

A motorist has been convicted of killing a moped rider in Lincolnshire.

Valentina Planciunene, 37, of Boston, died when her moped was knocked into the path of an oncoming vehicle by a car driven by Intars Pless on the A1121 near Wyberton Fen, on 15 February.

Pless, 34, has a previous conviction for murdering a drinking companion with an axe in his native Latvia.

Pless, of Hilda Street, Boston, was remanded in custody at Lincoln Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

The Latvian, who had denied causing death by dangerous driving, was twice over the drink-drive limit.

After hitting Ms Planciunene's moped, Pless drove away from the scene, the court heard.

Ms Planciunene, from the Brothertoft area, who moved to the UK from Belarus four years ago, was riding to her job at the time of the crash.

The jury found Pless guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Judge Sean Morris commended Lincolnshire Police for their work in bringing Pless to justice.

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