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Norfolk farmer Henry Bett freed after appeal against death by dangerous driving conviction - but faces retrial

PUBLISHED: 14:47 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:47 23 September 2016

Henry Bett, who has been freed from prison after appealing against his conviction for causing death by dangerous driving. He will now face a retrial. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Henry Bett, who has been freed from prison after appealing against his conviction for causing death by dangerous driving. He will now face a retrial. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A Norfolk farmer jailed for his part in a road crash in which a woman died has been freed by judges after an appeal against his conviction.

And Henry Bett will now face a retrial over the death of Rebecca Brown, 43.

Bett, 27, of Ling Farm Cottages, in Thorham, near Hunstanton, was freed after judges in the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction.

He had been found guilty of causing the death of Mrs Brown, of Castle Acre, by dangerous driving in a road crash on the West Acre Road in December 2013.

He had pleaded not guilty, but had been convicted by a jury at Peterborough Crown Court in July last year.

However, following his appeal, three senior judges in London quashed the conviction and ordered Mr Bett’s immediate release on bail.

Lord Justice Burnett, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing and Mrs Justice May also directed that he must be re-tried.

The court ordered that no details of the arguments in Mr Bett’s appeal can be published for legal reasons.

Mr Bett is the son of Norfolk’s former police and crime commissioner and ex-county councillor Stephen Bett.


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