Driver Sentenced To Year In Prison

A disqualified driver who caused the death of Tidworth motorcyclist Stephen Scott has been given a 12 month prison sentence and a five year driving ban.

21 year old Andrew Shipsey, from Marlborough in Wiltshire, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to causing death while disqualified from driving, without a driving licence and insurance and while driving an un-roadworthy vehicle with no MOT.

He began his year-long prison sentence on Friday. (22 Oct)

Shipsey was driving his silver Peugeot 306 northbound on the A338 between Tidworth and Shipton Bellinger on May 23 when he struck 60-year-old Mr Scott, who had lost control of his black Suzuki moments before and had landed on the wrong side of the carriageway.

The motorcyclist was airlifted to Salisbury General Hospital where he died of his injuries.

PC Gordon Whittington of the Road Death Investigation team based at Eastleigh, said:

“While at no point has any blame for the initial collision been apportioned to Shipsey, he should not have been driving. Not only that but his vehicle, which itself was un-roadworthy, did not hold a valid MOT and should not have been on the road.

“Shipsey knew that but chose to drive anyway. That choice resulted in the death of Stephen Scott.”