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Driver jailed for cyclist death

Anthony Spink
Mr Spink had recently completed a cycling tour before his death

A lorry driver who dumped a bicycle after a fatal crash with a cyclist has been jailed for two years.

Andrew Stubbs, 41, of Bicester, Oxfordshire, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court for knocking over Anthony Spink in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

He had dumped 41-year-old Mr Spink's bicycle to cover up the crash, which happened in July 2007.

Delivery driver Stubbs had previously been found guilty of careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

A court had previously heard how Stubbs drove an extra 30 miles on his route to dispose of Mr Spink's mangled bicycle in a lay-by on the Ossett bypass.

Cover-up

A witness had told the court how 41-year-old Mr Spink, from Normanton, was dragged under the wheels of the lorry as it turned left at a junction near Wakefield city centre.

It has been a devastating two years
Mr Spink's sister Angela

Mr Spink was seen clinging on to the windscreen wipers of Stubbs's vehicle to try and prevent being dragged under.

Stubbs, who was driving a Homebase delivery truck from Oxfordshire to West Yorkshire, denied causing Mr Spink's death.

The jury cleared him of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving but found him guilty of careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

Judge Penelope Belcher said Stubbs' actions were a clear attempt to try and cover-up a proper investigation.

Speaking after the sentencing, his sister Angela Spink said Stubbs had shown no remorse for his actions.

She said her brother "was the light of our family", adding: "It has been a devastating two years.

"It's impossible to believe that a person can have such little respect for human life and I think all we've really wanted and what would have helped us in our grieving would be for him [Stubbs] to say I'm really sorry."



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