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Custodial sentence for causing death by careless driving

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Manchester Crown Court has now sentenced Stephen Benson after he admitted causing death by careless driving and conspiracy to commit fraud. He was given a custodial sentence of four years and two months and disqualified from driving for five years. Mr Benson was involved in an insurance fraud to dispose of a BMW M3 but mowed down off-duty officer Mike Silcock near to the Frog and Railway pub in Stockport. 
Mr Benson had a criminal record that lasted for 13 pages and when he was interviewed by the Police decided to give a no comment interview, it has not been established whether at that time he had advice from a specialist criminal solicitor. Benson could have been charged with the more serious offence of causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years but the CPS charged him with causing death by careless driving, which has a maximum jail term of five years.