Crash victim tells of fatal collision involving Norfolk police chief’s son

Henry Bett, son of Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett, pictured at Huntingdon Crown Court where he is standing trial for causing death by dangerous driving. July 6 2015.  NEWSTEAM/SWNS ANL-150707-172537001
Henry Bett, son of Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett, pictured at Huntingdon Crown Court where he is standing trial for causing death by dangerous driving. July 6 2015. NEWSTEAM/SWNS ANL-150707-172537001
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A police tsar’s son was driving in the middle of a country lane when he ploughed his tractor into a woman’s car and killed her, a court heard today.

A jury has already been told that Henry Bett had taken cocaine in the hours before the fatal crash which claimed the life of mother-of-three Rebecca Brown, 43,

Bett, 26, the son of Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen, was driving a large green Fendt tractor which collided head-on with Mrs Brown’s red Fiat people carrier.

She was with her son Thomas, now 19, who told the court he thought ‘What the hell is he doing? as the tractor headed towards them.

Bett, of Thornham, Norfolk, sat in tears in the dock as Thomas recalled the crash and coming round to find his dying mother covered in blood.

He said: “Just as we went past a manor house the road started to be all bendy. We came round the corner and saw a tractor.

“I remember just thinking ‘What the hell is he doing?’ He was in the middle of the road. Just after that I just can’t remember anything, I blacked out.

“I woke up and I remember looking round and seeing dust on her face and the smell of the air bags.

“I turned around and the seat wasn’t there. Then I turned right round and she was there, lying how she was. Her face was completely red and covered in blood.”

He added: “I started to panic. I was trying to wake her up. I went to get the phone and rang 999 but I couldn’t speak, I was too upset.

“I gave it to the tractor driver. He was holding his shoulder. He started talking to them. I held her and tried to speak to her.

“I was in the cadets so knew basic first aid. I had to do CPR. It all happened so quickly.”

Thomas was 17 at the time of the accident on Castle Acre, Norfolk in December 2013.

A passerby arrived and Thomas gave him his phone and he rang his grandad who came to the scene.

He said: “I sat in the back of the ambulance with my grandad and then my uncle came. An ambulance person came and said your mum had passed away. My grandad went to be with my nan.

“My uncle and I sat there for 30 minutes before going to the hospital.”

Thomas said his mum had a gap of less than 3ft 6 inches to get through. He said they were two and a half car lengths away from the tractor before he first saw it.

Thomas, who escaped with bruising, said he had never seen a tractor “that big” on the road and the only light he had was a flashing one on top of it.

He said his mum had always been a “slow and careful” driver and “had about a second” to make a decision to try to avoid the accident, but could not remember any more.

Bett, who survived with minor injuries, pleads not guilty to death by dangerous driving in April.

Huntingdon Crown Court heard he had taken cocaine between eight and 20 hours before the crash and that could have caused a lack of concentration or slow reactions.

The trial continues.