Man guilty of causing death of his female motorcycle passenger from Redditch (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Man guilty of causing death of his female motorcycle passenger from Redditch
1:20pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in Local
A MOTORCYCLIST has been told he is likely to be jailed over the death of a Redditch woman who was on the back of his machine when it was involved in a collision.
Shaun Southgate had denied causing the death of Amanda Wilson by riding his Triumph Trophy motorcycle carelessly on the A435 near Mappleborough Green in March last year.
But after more than five-and-a-half hours, a jury at Warwick Crown Court found him guilty by a majority of 11 to one.
Prosecutor Gary Short had explained that the charge follows a collision between the Triumph and a Renault Clio at about 9.30pm on March 31.
Both vehicles were travelling south on the A435 at Gorcott Hill towards Mappleborough Green at the time.
The motorbike clipped the offside rear wing of the Clio, causing Southgate to lose control, and both he and his passenger came off the machine.
Southgate and Miss Wilson, who was in her 30s and from Redditch, were both rushed to hospital where she died from her injuries in the early hours of the following morning.
Southgate, aged 44, of Valley Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, also suffered serious injuries in the crash.
His barrister Toby Long said it was accepted that he was driving the motorbike and that there was a crash, but because of his injuries his recollection of the events of that day were ‘not particularly good.’
But Mr Long argued that there was no evidence that Southgate’s driving fell below the standard of a careful and competent driver in the moments leading up to the crash.
After the jury returned its verdict, Mr Long submitted that the judge ‘would be assisted’ by a pre-sentence report and possibly by a psychiatric report.
He pointed out: “It has been apparent that the collision had a profound effect on him. It has altered his life to a dramatic extent.”
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano responded: “Custody is by far the most likely outcome. But it has made a great difference to Mr Southgate’s life as well, so I will adjourn for a pre-sentence report.”
Granting Southgate bail, Judge de Bertodano told him: “I am not going to sentence you today because I recognise there are many areas of your life which have been affected.
“Please do not allow that to raise any false hopes. It is the kind of case where a custodial sentence is the likely outcome.”
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