Pedestrian sentenced for manslaughter of cyclist

March 6, 2023

Pedestrian Auriol Grey has been sentenced to 3 years after being found guilty of the manslaughter of a cyclist. Simon Spence KC was instructed for the Prosecution.

The defendant, on foot, and the deceased, on a folding bicycle, had been travelling in opposite directions on the same pavement of a Cambridgeshire town’s ring road. Auriol Grey shouted an expletive and gestured in an “aggressive way” towards Celia Ward, who fell into the path of a car in Huntingdon in 2020.

The cyclist died at the scene.

The trial was told that police could not “categorically” state whether the pavement was a shared cycleway.

Cambridgeshire County Council subsequently reiterated that and said it would review the location, but in his sentencing remarks Judge Sean Enright said it was a shared cycleway.

The 4-day trial took place at Peterborough Crown Court.

Simon prosecutes and defends in numerous high profile and complex cases of murder and manslaughter trials across East Anglia.

He was instructed by East of England CPS

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