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Teenager Lewis Foster who ran over his mother sentenced to 12 months

Lewis Foster, 19, was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution. Photo: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Wire

A drunken teenager who killed his mother when he ran over her has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution.

Lewis Foster, 19, pleaded guilty to running over his mother Deborah Jones on July 12 last year when he got behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Corsa.

Foster, a landscape gardener, had spent the day drinking with his boss in Cornwall and later got into an argument with his mother when he returned to the family home.

He began revving the vehicle which caused Ms Jones to come to the lane at the back of the house and plead for him to stop.

Foster, who had a provisional licence, said his foot slipped on the clutch, causing the vehicle to spring backwards and pin his mother underneath the wheels.

Ms Jones was pronounced dead the following morning, suffering severe multiple injuries.

Judge David Ticehurst said the case was "tragic", and described Foster's behaviour as "reckless", adding:

Had you spent a moment or two thinking about the situation, had you not been drunk, had you not been in temper, you would not have been here (at court).

Judge Ticehurst said he would "temper justice with mercy," sentencing Foster to 12 months' detention, at Truro Crown Court today. The 19-year-old was also banned from driving for four years.

Foster wept through the hearing as details of the incident were heard in court.

After the sentence, he blew a kiss to his family members in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.