Grimsby man sentenced to six years and eight months for causing the death by dangerous driving of 41 year-old Mark Andrew Batty.

North East Lincolnshire

28 Feb 2020

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Anton Watson (31), of Worcester Avenue, Grimsby was today sentenced to serve six years and eight months in jail.

Anton Watson was found guilty of causing the death of Mark Andrew Batty, a pedestrian struck and killed in a hit and run collision on Saturday 7 December 2019 on Scartho Road in Grimsby.  His red Ford Focus was being driven at speed along Scartho Road when he struck Mark.  Anton Watson failed to stop at the scene, leaving his victim in the street.

On sentencing Police Sergeant Rob Mazingham from our Serious Collison Unit said, “From the moment Anton Watson got behind the wheel of his car is was a disaster waiting to happen.  He had combined excess speed, drink and drugs and showed a blatant disregard towards his existing driving disqualification when he struck and fatally injured Mark Batty.

“I want to thank those who tried to help Mark on that night and for all those who provided evidence that enabled us to bring this case to a quick conclusion.

“The devastation Watson has left behind for the victim’s family cannot be understated and I hope this sentence will give him time to reflect of the impact his reckless actions have caused.

“Finally our thoughts remain with Mark’s family and friends who have acted with the utmost dignity throughout.”