A 30-stone motorist who killed a jogger when she jumped a red light has begged a judge not to send her to jail because she is too fat.
Unemployed Linda Ann Jenns mowed down 45-year-old Paul Stinton in her white Ford Kuga after ignoring the red signal in Ashford, Kent.
The 49-year-old begged to be spared prison after being convicted of causing his death by dangerous driving at Canterbury Crown Court.
Her barrister Ian Bridge said ‘morbidly obese’ Jenns hoped to get a gastric band and would not be able to cope with life behind bars.
He said she had a stroke seven years ago and at the time of the crash was receiving treatment for her weight problem.
Mr Bridge said she had lost between five and six stone and was hoping for a gastric band to be fitted which would have increased her life expectancy quite dramatically.
‘As it is she is grossly overweight, morbidly obese and since the incident has put on even more weight,’ he said.
‘She is a person for whom a prison sentence would be extraordinarily difficult and I don’t think I exaggerate when I say she might not get through it.’
Judge Heather Norton adjourned sentence for two weeks pending medical reports and granted Jenns bail.
But she warned Jenns, of Ashford, Kent, that she faced ‘an almost certain’ jail sentence for the offence – and also gave her an interim driving ban.