Married man who choked his lover to death during x after drinking 24 bottles of lager could get longer sentence

Married man who choked his lover to death during sex after drinking 24 bottles of lager could get longer sentence



A married man who choked his lover to death during x and was jailed for less than five years could have his sentence extended after an intervention by the Attorney General.



Sam Pybus, 32, was jailed earlier this month for four years and eight months for the manslaughter of Sophie Moss, a vulnerable 33-year-old mother of two.



The Attorney General referred the jail term to the Court of Appeal for being 'unduly lenient'.



Teesside Crown Court heard how Pybus had drunk 24 bottles of lager before the x romp at her flat in Darlington in February.



A spokesman from the Attorney General's Office said: 'I can confirm that the Attorney General has referred Sam Pybus's sentence to the Court of Appeal as she agrees that it appears unduly lenient.



'It is now for the court to decide whether to increase the sentence.'



Judge Paul Watson QC jailed Pybus for four years and eight months, having reduced the sentence from seven years after giving credit for his early guilty plea to manslaughter.



Pybus woke up and found Ms Moss naked and unresponsive but did not dial 999, waiting in his car for 15 minutes before driving to a police station to raise the alarm, the court heard.



A post-mortem examination revealed he had applied enough pressure to her neck for long enough to kill. There was no evidence of any other injuries or violence.



The Crown Prosecution Service said there was not sufficient evidence to support a charge of murder as there was nothing to suggest he intended to kill her or cause serious harm.


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