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Dorset's PCC Requests Meeting With CPS Over Collette Carpenter Case

Martyn Underhill

9:14am 6th March 2013

Crown Prosecutors will have to explain why a Dorset Special Constable involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist, while using her phone, wasn't fined or jailed.

PCSO Collette Carpenter was involved in a collision with biker David Bartholomew, who died of his injuries in March last year.

It came to light she was using her mobile on speaker phone whilst driving.

But Crown Prosecutors couldn't convict Miss Carpenter due to a lack of evidence and she's since resigned from the Police Force.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is meeting the Chief Prosecutor later to discuss why 2 reviews have failed to support a conviction and if the law can be changed.

Martyn Underhill said "I have been speaking to some of the family since this tragic case was heard at inquest"

"The public outrage at the lack of prosecution of the driver has prompted me to arrange a meeting with the Chief Crown Prosecutor Kate Brown."

"It is not the role of the PCC to challenge individual CPS decisions, but I want CPS to help me understand the reasons why the two CPS reviews have failed to support a prosecution, and if necessary, discuss how the law can be changed to deal with such incidents."

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