Lorry driver cleared over cyclist death

Published Monday, 13 January 2014
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A lorry driver who was due to stand trial accused of knocking down a cyclist in south Belfast almost three years ago has walked free from court.

Lorry driver cleared over cyclist death
A 'ghost bike' was placed at the scene in memory of Mr Caulfield. (© UTV)

James Jeffers Thompson, 52, of Rose Park, Tandragee, Co Armagh, denied causing the death of Michael Caulfield by careless driving.

The 56-year-old father-of-four, from Saintfield in Co Down, died when he was struck by a lorry driven by Mr Thompson at the junction of Ormeau Road and Annadale Embankment on 15 April, 2011.

The case returned to the headlines after a white "ghost bike" memorial appeared at the scene of the collision following the crash.

On Monday, a jury was sworn in to hear the case in front of deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC.

However, counsel for the prosecution told the judge that "following a review of evidence in this case" the Crown was not offering any evidence.

On the direction of the trial judge, the jury found Mr Thompson not guilty of causing the death of Mr Caulfield by driving without due care and attention.

Judge Philpott told Mr Thompson: "You are now free to go."

A defence barrister said Mr Thompson had asked that "his deepest sympathies be extended to Mrs Caulfield and her family".

© UTV News
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MMichael in Bangor wrote (381 days ago):
Why put someone through such stress then offer no evidence? Its sadistic.
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