Trial date for Ormeau 'ghost bike' death

Published Thursday, 05 December 2013
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A lorry driver will stand trial in the new year at Belfast Crown Court accused of knocking down a cyclist in south Belfast.

Trial date for Ormeau 'ghost bike' death
A 'ghost bike' was left at the site of the accident on Ormeau Bridge. (© UTV)

Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott on Thursday set a date of 13 January, 2014 for the start of James Jeffers Thompson's jury trial.

Thompson, who is 52 and from Rose Park in Tandragee, Co Armagh, denies causing death by careless driving of Michael Caulfield.

The 56-year-old father-of-four, from Saintfield, 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 last year after a white 'ghost bike' memorial suddenly appeared at the site of the collision.

The trial had been due to start earlier this year but has been delayed over the preparation of engineers' reports into the accident.

Belfast Crown Court was told that a number of Crown witnesses would not be called to give evidence or cross-examined at the trial next month.

They included a police constable who videoed the scene after the collision and a brother of the victim who identified his remains. Instead, their witness statements will be read into court.

Mr Thompson was not in court for the proceedings and remains on continuing bail.

© UTV News
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