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Lorry driver 'not guilty' of causing death of cyclist in south Belfast

By John Cassidy 

A lorry driver who was due to stand trial on Monday accused of knocking down a cyclist in south Belfast ago has walked free from court.

James Jeffers Thompson (52), of Rose Park, Tandragee, Co Armagh, had denied causing the death of Michael Caulfield by careless driving in April 2011.

The 56-year-old father-of-four, from Saintfield in Co Down, died when he was struck by a lorry driven by Mr Thompson at the junction of Ormeau Road and Annadale Embankment.

The case returned to the headlines last year after a white 'ghost bike' memorial suddenly appeared at the site of the collision.

A jury was sworn in on Monday to hear the case in front of deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC.

However, counsel for the prosecution told the judge that "following a review of evidence in this case'' the Crown was not offering any evidence.

On the direction of the trial judge, the jury found Mr Thompson not guilty of causing the death of Mr Caulfield by driving without due care and attention.

Judge Philpott told Mr Thompson: "You are now free to go.''

A defence barrister said Mr Thompson had asked that "his deepest sympathies be extended to Mrs Caulfield and her family''.

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