Police clearly want to set an example
FIVE riders who were cleared of causing death by dangerous driving last year have been now charged with dangerous driving over the same incident.
Ian Towson, Paul Wheater, Michael Paul Hannon, Dax Lerman and David Jason Hastings were all cleared of the more serious charge in December. They'd been riding in a group with husband and wife Dean Slater, 40, and his wife Helen, 37, who both died after a collision with a car. Mrs Slater was pillion with her husband.
On clearing the five in Leeds Crown Court last year, Judge Geoffrey Marson said: “There is no evidence from which a jury properly directed could safely conclude that the way in which any of these defendants rode in some way caused Mr Slater to ride dangerously or caused him to continue to ride dangerously.
However, he also pointed out that the bikes had been “ridden well in excess of the relevant speed limits.”
Now the five have been charged with dangerous driving over the same incident. Appearing at York Crown Court, Lerman and Wheater pleaded guilty to the charges, while Towson and Hastings entered not guilty pleas and Hannon entered no plea, so all three will face trial. All were granted bail and the two with guilty pleas will not be sentenced until after the trial has ended.
Previous stories here: Five bikers charged over group riding deaths and Group riding death bikers cleared.
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