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Lyndhurst crash: Death driver's sentence cut

James Battrick Image copyright Solent News & Photo Agency
Image caption James Battrick had had "at least" five pints of cider in the hours before the crash, police said

A man convicted of causing the deaths of his two passengers in a car crash has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

James Battrick, from Cadnam, was jailed in September after admitting causing two counts of driving without due care while under the influence of drugs.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers, both 19, died in the crash in Lyndhurst in December 2014.

Judges at London's Appeal Court cut his jail term by six months, to six years and three months.

Cider and cannabis

The Appeal Court was told Battrick was not given enough credit for his guilty plea.

The 22-year-old lost control of his Mazda RX8 and hit a wall in Gosport Lane.

A third passenger, also 19 was seriously injured in the crash.

After the sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court, in September, police said Battrick had consumed a minimum of five pints of cider in the hours before the crash and his blood showed a high level of cannabis.

Detectives also found the car headlights had been switched off.

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Image caption Lily Butterfield-Godwin (left) and Abbey Rogers were passengers in the car when it hit a wall

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