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Driver denies hit-and-run that killed Glenavy landscaper Matthew Bradley in Liverpool city centre last year

By Staff Reporter

A 22-year-old driver yesterday denied causing death by dangerous driving of a Glenavy man who died in a hit-and-run in Liverpool city centre last winter.

Matthew Bradley (24), a landscape architect, was visiting the city with his friends when he was hit by a grey BMW on The Strand near the Hilton hotel on November 3.

The driver, Thomas Bimson of Waterloo Road, Vauxhall, Liverpool, appeared at the city's crown court yesterday and denied three offences.

He pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Mr Bradley by dangerous driving in a BMW 330xi; causing the death by driving while unlicensed; and causing the death while driving uninsured.

Alongside Bimson in the dock was Ibrar Saddique (34) of Sunnybank Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire was charged with aiding and abetting a driver who caused death by dangerous driving.

After the accident, paramedics worked on Matthew at the scene but he died a short while later in hospital.

His family have described him as "funny, kind-hearted and generous".

In a previous statement, Matthew's parents Donal and Margaret Bradley, on behalf of his three sisters Claire, Roisin and Megan and his girlfriend Rhiannon, said: "Matthew was hugely talented and award-winning in his chosen career of landscape gardening - following in his dad's footsteps - and had an illustrious career ahead of him. He was a funny, kind-hearted and generous young man who will be sorely missed by all that knew him."

Saddique did not enter any plea yesterday and an application to dismiss the allegation against him is to be heard in December.

A trial date was fixed to begin on March 20 next year.

Both men were further remanded on unconditional bail.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph after his death, Matthew's girlfriend Rhiannon Williams (24) told how she dropped him off ahead of his night out before travelling on to north Wales to stay with family.

"On the way in the car we were making plans for Christmas," she said.

"We spent last year with his family, so he was going to have his first Christmas at my house this year.

"Then we were going to Barcelona in the new year.

"We'd never been on holiday together, so it was going to be our first one."

Rhiannon, who was living with Matthew in Guildford, added: "I don't think I'll ever get over him."

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