A man who killed his partner because he was too drunk to notice her walking towards him in the rain on the farm track near his home has been sent to prison for six years.

John Trevor Dent, 49, ran over Rose-Marie Valente, 49, from Bingley, as he drove down the lane near Dent, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, in the middle of the night to look for her after she failed to return home from the pub where they had spent the evening.

He found her body a few hours later when he went out to look for her again, a court heard.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Judge Paul Batty QC jailed Dent for six years and banned him from driving for three years.

He said the only explanation for the “appalling human tragedy” was that Dent had been so drunk he had “absolutely no idea” he had hit her.

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