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Friday, 13 September, 2002, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Drunk mother jailed over fatal crash
Wendy Jipson
Wendy Jipson says she does not want to drive again
An Essex mother whose teenage daughter died after she crashed her car when she had been drinking has been jailed for three months.

Julia Kettle, 17, died of multiple injuries after Wendy Jipson's car went out of control and hit a telegraph pole at Dedham on 27 March.

Jipson, 42, admitted at Colchester Magistrates' Court in August she had been twice over the drink-drive limit and was warned she faced jail.

On Friday Chairman of the Bench Mary Francis said: "Your sentence takes into account the fatality and your own grief and, in reaching a decision, we have taken into account the guilty plea and all the mitigation put before us."

Lost control

In August, the court heard Jipson, a mother-of-five from Lawford, had been drinking during a late lunch with a friend.

Hugh Rowland, for Jipson, said his client got a taxi home and was later given a lift to the pub where she worked for her night shift.

She then planned to not drive again.

But at 2315 BST Miss Kettle called her to say one of Jipson's sons had been detained at a police station.

She drove off to see him, and lost control on a bend.

Deep regrets

Jipson later told police there had been water on the road which had contributed to the accident.

The court heard that since the accident, drainage at the spot had been improved.

Mr Rowland told the court his client had said: "I will forever regret my action that night and I have no thoughts of ever wishing to drive again."

A verdict of accidental death was recorded at an inquest into the death of Julia Kettle, at Colchester, Essex, in August.

After sentencing on Friday, lawyers for Jipson lodged an appeal which is to be heard at Chelmsford Crown Court next week.

The court is considering an application for bail.


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