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Lorry driver not guilty over cyclist's death in Belfast

BY JOHN CASSIDY

A lorry driver due to stand trial accused of knocking down a cyclist in Belfast almost three years ago has walked free from court.

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

The 56-year-old father-of-four, from Saintfield in Co Down, died when he was hit by a lorry driven by Mr Thompson at the junction of Ormeau Road and Annadale Embankment on April 15, 2011.

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

But counsel for the prosecution told the judge that "following a review of evidence'' 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.

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

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