Rhyl bin lorry driver admits death charge

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COUNCIL bin lorry driver has admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.

It follows an incident at Rhyl last summer when a pensioner was struck by the vehicle and died of his injuries.

The driver, Garry Fletcher, aged 38, of Orton Grove in Rhyl, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court.

Such hearings are administrative and are normally adjourned for a future plea hearing.

But Fletcher asked for the charge to be put to him immediately and he pleaded guilty.

Fletcher accepted causing the death of Ian Mason, aged 89, in West Kinmel Street, Rhyl, in July of last year, by driving without due care and attention.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, adjourned the case for sentence next month.

He imposed an interim driving ban in the meantime.

“You have pleaded guilty at the earliest possible opportunity and you will receive maximum credit for that,” the judge told him.

“You will understand that you need to put your affairs in order.
“All sentencing options need to remain open at this stage.”

The judge granted an application by Richard Thomas, defending, for a pre-sentence report.

Judge Parry said that it was “entirely right” that the court should have the full background in such a report.

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