No jail for driver who caused motorcyclist death

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A driver who caused the death of a motorcyclist has been spared jail after taking responsibility for the crash.

Zdenek Masin, of Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after fatally colliding with Dhul Gabriel’s bike.

Judge Francis Sheridan said Masin must have ‘looked but not seen’ Mr Gabriel’s bike, but only handed down a community order because the 28-year-old admitted fault for what happened.

Judge Sheridan, sentencing, told Amersham Crown Court on Monday: “He’s made a dreadful momentary mistake with terrible consequences. It’s relatively uncommon that someone has the decency to accept right from the start that they are the driver and it’s their responsibility.

“That stands him, in my view, head and shoulders above those who seek to hide behind no comment.”

The accident happened at the junction of Groveway and Simpson Drive at around 8pm on October 24 last year. As Masin turned, his Citroen Xsara was hit by Mr Gabriel’s motorcycle.

The force of the impact caused Masin’s car to roll over and Mr Gabriel, 22, was thrown from his bike and killed virtually instantly. Mr Gabriel’s family wept in court as Judge Sheridan told them: “Mothers shouldn’t be burying their sons, it should be the other way round.

“He brought you enormous happiness in life. Your loss is devastating and your life will never be the same.”

As part of his community order Masin, who works at the Open University, was told he must undergo restorative justice, should the victim’s family wish to partake in it.

He was also disqualified from driving, although his defence lawyer said he has no intention of ever driving again after what happened.