Cyclist Cleared Of Manslaughter
The Old Bailey recently heard the first ever trial of a cyclist charged with manslaughter, following a fatal incident which occurred back in February 2016.
Mr Charlie Alliston caused the death of Ms Kim Briggs when he collided with her and caused her to sustain catastrophic head injuries.
The Crown Prosecution Service pursued a charge of manslaughter on the basis that it was merited because Mr Alliston had deliberately modified his bicycle, removing the front brakes, and therefore in their view had deliberately taken steps to make the bicycle more dangerous.
At Mr Alliston’s trial which took place last week the jury determined after more than 12 hours of deliberation that Mrs Alliston was not guilty of manslaughter, however he was convicted of causing bodily harm to Ms Briggs by “wanton and furious driving”.
Mr Alliston is due to be sentenced on 18 September and in the meantime has been released on bail.
This is an unusual case and marks an unprecedented attempt by the Prosecution Service to obtain a conviction against a cyclist for manslaughter. Although Mr Alliston was not convicted of manslaughter on this occasion, this would not prevent future prosecutions of cyclists on a similar basis where fatalities are caused.
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