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Kingsthorpe crash: Driver jailed for nine years

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Image caption David Barnes was also banned from driving for 10 years when he was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday

A 28-year-old man has been jailed for nine years for killing a motorcyclist.

Stuart Hutchings, 22, died a few days after being seriously injured in the crash with the Ford Fiesta in Northampton on 18 May.

On Tuesday David Barnes, of Daventry, admitted to the manslaughter of Mr Hutchings.

Barnes, 28, was also banned from driving for 10 years when he was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Barnes, along with Craig Turner, 28, also of Daventry, were initially charged with Mr Hutchings' murder and were due to go on trial this week.

But on Tuesday, Barnes admitted Mr Hutchings' manslaughter, meaning Mr Turner was acquitted of murder.

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Image caption The collision happened in Eastern Avenue North in Kingsthorpe on 18 May

Speaking after the case Det Insp Stuart Hitchon said: "This has been a tragic case where a young man has sadly lost his life.

"Even though the case has concluded today, the family remain devastated knowing that they will never see Stuart again.

"His daughter was only born a few weeks ago and she will grow up without her father."

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