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Bangor man admits to careless driving after killing cyclist Gavin Moore in collision

Died in hospital: Gavin Moore
Died in hospital: Gavin Moore

By Staff Reporter

A Bangor man has admitted killing one cyclist and seriously injuring another in a car crash.

Hing Tong Cheung was arraigned at Newtownards Crown Court yesterday.

The 61-year-old denied causing the death of Gavin James Moore and grievous bodily injury to Gareth Boyle by driving dangerously on the Bangor Road in Ards on July 11, 2017.

However, he admitted a lesser charge of causing death and injury by careless driving.

None of the facts were heard in court yesterday, but it was reported at the time that Mr Moore, a 40-year-old father of two, and his friend Mr Boyle were out with a group of cyclists from the North Down Cycling Club when they were in a collision with a Hyundai 4x4 at around 1.50pm that day.

Mr Moore died in hospital while Mr Boyle was left in a critical condition.

Following the arraignment, prosecuting counsel Laura Ievers told Judge Piers Grant that although the defence team "had been good enough to indicate that such a plea was likely, I will need some time to consider that in detail".

She asked the judge to set a potential trial date in the meantime - a step agreed to by defence counsel Samuel Magee - adding that as "the issues have been narrowed, I would suggest it would be a three-day trial".

Mr Magee told the judge he did "not anticipate that there will be many, if any, civilian witnesses required" to give evidence in the trial, which was provisionally set for June 12.

Ms Ievers highlighted that even with the confessions to the lesser offence, Cheung still faced a "mandatory disqualification" if the judge was minded to impose an interim one pending the conclusion of the case.

Mr Magee told the court that Cheung, from Hanover Hill, "has not been driving" and that his licence was available to be handed in.

The judge said there would be an interim disqualification and freed Cheung on bail.

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