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Tandragee man accused of causing death by dangerous driving

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A Tandragee man has appeared in court to deny causing death by careless driving

James Jeffers Thompson (52) of Rose Park in Tandragee denies causing death by careless driving of Michael Caulfield.

Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott set a date of January 13, 2014 for the start of the jury trial.

Mr Caulfied, a 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 April 15, 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.

 

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