Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Jury fail to return verdict on man accused of causing cyclist’s death

An Antrim Crown Court jury has yet to reach a verdict in the case of a call centre worker, hurrying to catch a flight from the International Airport, who is accused of causing the death of a top Irish road racing cyclist.

The 46-year-old Commonwealth Games medalist David McCall died almost instantly after his bike was hit by the black 308 Peugeot car of Michael Gerard Croome during a cycle race on August 12, 2008.

The 26-year-old former call centre worker with an address on Belfast's Cliftonville Road, but who also lived in Prior Warf, Chester, while working at another centre in England, denies causing his death by dangerous driving.

The jury, who have told Judge Norman Lockie they could not agree on a unanimous verdict, were sent home yesterday and will continue their deliberations today.

Judge Lockie has told them that while he can now accept a majority verdict, they should strive to deliver a unaminous decision.

The prosecution said Croome was driving too fast and hit the Lisburn-based cyclist as he veered his bike slightly to avoid a dog during the Co Antrim inter-club cycle race in 2008.

His bicycle was broken in two and he was thrown into the air. Croome, who initially didn’t stop, returned a short time later to the scene of the crash. The prosecution also claimed that Croome was driving too fast and too close to the racing cyclists.

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