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Bangor man Hing Tong Cheung admits causing death of cyclist Gavin Moore

Hing Tong Cheung outside Downpatrick Crown Court
Hing Tong Cheung outside Downpatrick Crown Court

By Paul Higgins

A judge has warned a Bangor man who admitted killing one cyclist and seriously injuring another by dangerous driving that he “almost invariably” faces a jail sentence.

Hing Tong Cheung (61) had been due to go on trial at Downpatrick Crown Court on Thursday, but defence counsel Samuel Magee asked for the charges to be put to him again.

It was then that Cheung, from Hanover Hill in the town, admitted causing the death of Gavin James Moore and causing grievous bodily injury to Gareth Boyle by driving dangerously on the Bangor Road in Ards on July 11, 2017.

Directing the jury of six men and six women to find Cheung “guilty by confession”, Judge Neil Rafferty QC thanked them for their service and commented that “these are amongst the most difficult type of cases that these courts deal with.”

“A young man has died and another young man has sustained life changing injuries and, in fairness to the defendant, he is a man who has never been in trouble in any way shape or form,” said the judge.

Nothing of the facts were heard in court on Thursday, 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 North Down Cycling Club when they were in a collision with a Hyundai 4x4 at around 1.50pm.

Tragically, Mr Moore died in hospital as a result of his injuries, while Mr Boyle was left in a critical condition having sustained what were described at the time as serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Supported by family and friends, Mr Boyle, sat in a wheelchair along with friends and relatives of Mr Moore, packed the public gallery of the court to witness Cheung’s confession.

Following the re-arraignment, prosecuting counsel Laura Ievers told the judge she would be lodging victim impact statements while Mr Magee asked for sentencing to be adjourned to allow the preparation of a pre-sentence probation report.

Freeing Cheung on bail until October 24, Judge Rafferty told him: “I should warn you that the guidelines for this type of offending almost invariably are custodial sentences.

“The fact that I’m releasing you on bail should not be taken as an indication as to how I will deal with you.

“I mean what I say that these are incredibly difficult cases and incredibly tragic cases and i can only express my sympathy, and the sympathy of the court, to the family of the deceased and to Mr Boyle personally.”

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