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Motorist jailed over 'horny' girlfriend's crash death

A motorist who became intimate in his car with his "horny" girlfriend moments before he crashed has been jailed for seven years for causing her death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutors said Minesh Parbat, 36, dropped his trousers and underpants at the wheel of his BMW Z3 to take part in a sex act with Lisa Watling.

Ms Watling, 28, was found wearing only a T-shirt and bra after Parbat crashed on the A2011 in Crawley, West Sussex, on March 9 last year while the rest of her clothes were found in the car's footwell.

Members of the public discovered Parbat with his trousers and underwear around his ankles and his buttocks and penis exposed in the aftermath of the collision.

At Lewes Crown Court, Parbat told his trial that mother of two Ms Watling, a hair salon worker, had described feeling "horny" to him and invited him to pull down his trousers as he drove along.

Parbat, who lives in Gregory Close, Maidenbower, Crawley, was last month found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Jailing him, Recorder Peter Griffiths QC said Parbat was "entirely" responsible for causing the crash "while engaged in some form of sexual activity".

Parbat showed no emotion as he was also banned from driving for three and a half years following his release from jail and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

Mr Griffiths told him: "I'm satisfied that the cause of the accident in which Lisa died was your decision to continue to drive your motor vehicle at a speed approaching but not exceeding 70mph while engaged in some form of sexual activity with your trousers partially down.

"I make it clear that the blame for this tragic accident is entirely yours."

Describing it as a "gross avoidable distraction", he added: "You and no-one else was responsible for this road traffic accident and Lisa's death."

Part of a victim impact statement was read on behalf of Ms Watling's father David in which he described the impact of her death as "like a shard of glass through our hearts".

He added: "It felt as though the world around us had collapsed, like someone had stolen the air from our lungs."

And referring to Parbat, Mr Watling's statement went on: "Every tear, every sob is a consequence of his actions."

Richard Cherrill, defending, said Parbat was "in denial" about the crash but wanted a letter to be passed to Ms Watling's family expressing his sorrow.

During the trial, Parbat denied anything sexual had taken place as he drove, adding that he had instead struggled to get Ms Watling off him before crashing.

He said he dropped his trousers and underpants as part of a "cheeky little dare" with Ms Watling and that "there was nothing sexual in it".

But prosecutor Philip Meredith told him: "You dropped your trousers and pants to play a part in a sexual act."

Parbat later added: "It's got sexual tones, but it wasn't sexual because nothing happened."

He claimed Ms Watling sat on the dashboard, then moved in front of him, obscuring his view, before he told her: "No, babe."

During a stormy exchange with Mr Meredith, Parbat was accused of shedding "crocodile tears" in court "to save your own skin".

Parbat suffered facial injuries in the crash and gave a positive blood test which showed 102 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, the drink-drive limit being 80 milligrams.

Ms Watling died of her injuries after Parbat veered into the central reservation and then crashed into a fence at about 1.40am.

Earlier in the evening, the couple had gone for a meal at TGI Friday's in Crawley before returning to Ms Watling's home in Kestrel Close, Langley Green.

After Parbat realised he had left his mobile phone at his home, the couple drove in his BMW to collect it and the crash happened as they returned to her house.

Parbat told the trial that Ms Watling suffered from intracranial hypertension, and suffered from headaches and was on medication including anti-epilepsy tablets.

He went on: "I loved her. Even from when I first met her, I had strong feelings for her. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. She just had something. She was special."

Sergeant Clare Kenward, of Sussex Police, said after the hearing: "Parbat has blamed everyone but himself throughout and has caused the family of Lisa Watling a huge amount of distress. I hope the verdict and sentencing goes some way to easing their pain."

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