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Driver who killed cyclist and scrapped his van to try and cover his tracks has sentence extended for conning pensioners

Fatal collision resulted in protracted police investigation to find the driver responsible

A motorist who hit and killed a cyclist and then tried to cover it up has had his jail sentence extended for two unrelated charges of fraud. Noah Chapman scrapped his van following a fatal collision in Hampshire in April 2016 and has now also been convicted of conning two pensioners.

70-year-old cyclist Richard White from Salisbury sustained serious head injuries in a collision on the A338 in Fordingbridge, and died of his injuries in Southampton General Hospital the following month.

Roads policing officers conducted extensive investigations to track down the vehicle after the driver failed to stop at the scene.

Chapman was eventually charged with causing death by careless driving, and with perverting the course of justice and sentenced to three years behind bars after changing his plea to guilty at the last minute.

Prosecuting, Mr Gabb said Chapman had been traveling at between 40 and 50mph and so had at least 11 seconds, across at least 250 yards, to see White, who had already been spotted by the two drivers behind him.

Chapman hit White with the wing mirror of his van but failed to stop.

He claimed he had been distracted by his three-year-old daughter who had dropped her dummy, but pictures from a camera on a passing bus showed he had been on his own.

He then tried to cover up what had happened by scrapping the van and throwing away his mobile phone.

The court heard that the police investigation to bring him to justice had taken two months and involved two officers spending 96 days correlating the evidence at a cost of around £50,000.

Chapman was jailed for three years for causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice, but the Daily Echo reports that this will now be extended after he was also sentenced for two charges of fraud.

Bournemouth Crown Court imposed a 12-month sentence, to be served consecutively, after Chapman and another man charged a Poole couple in their 80s £1,000 in cash for felling a tree while pretending to work for the council.

He and another man also targeted an 82-year-old woman from the area, driving her to a cashpoint in their van to withdraw £500 for them after providing an estimate for gardening work, after which they never returned.

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