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Man sentenced to nine years for manslaughter

December 6, 2017

A 28-year-old man from Daventry has today been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court.

David Barnes was sentenced today (Wednesday, December 6) after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Stuart Hutchings.  

Mr Hutchings was seriously injured following a road traffic incident in Eastern Avenue North, Northampton on May 18 this year. He died six days later on May 24.

Craig Turner, aged 26, who was originally charged with murder alongside Barnes, was acquitted following Barnes’ guilty plea to manslaughter yesterday (Tuesday, December 5).  

Judge Melbourne Inman QC gave Barnes a nine-year custodial sentence and a ban from driving for 10 and a half years.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon from Northamptonshire Police CID, 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.

“David Barnes has been sentenced today for nine years for manslaughter and this demonstrates the serious consequences you face for trying to take the law into your own hands.”

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