A FATHER-OF-FOUR has been fined and banned from driving — four months after he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Asda delivery driver Anthony Cutmore collapsed at the end of a shift in January and despite heart surgery did not recover.
In April, Stevenage magistrates sent a letter to inform the 52-year-old he had failed to turn up to court and that they had prosecuted in his absence.
He was hit with a £395 fine and a six-month ban.
Girlfriend Claire Tiffen, of Garston, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I was in total disbelief when I saw the letter.
‘How can they prosecute someone who isn’t there to defend themselves?
‘Losing Tony was bad enough and it’s been such a turbulent time, but this has made it all the more distressing.’
Mr Cutmore was convicted of speeding charges following a number of delays in handling his case. Ms Tiffen said she received several notices of prosecution for her boyfriend despite twice sending the Crown Prosecution Service his death certificate.
The court confirmed it had his death certificate on record and was unable to explain why the mix-up happened. The CPS was contacted for a comment.