I don't think it's ghoulish. I'd go if you can if you take such a strong interest in the case. Take plenty of notes. You'll probably hear distressing things and it may be upsetting, but it may help you in dealing with it. That said, it may not be a good trial, a possibility that's always there, but if it's a well-run trial with a measure of justice in the outcome, it can help.
Agree with Oliver: It's not ghoulish.
In fact you'll be doing your civic duty.
There's a quote; "justice must be seen to be done" - and maybe the local rag will be there maybe not - so who will see it?
Huge caseload backlog in the courts too, COVID and funding cuts
Driver pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, but no word yet on sentencing. I didn't go to the hearing, couldn't really find the time unfortunately. Reading between the lines of the report I would guess he just drove in the back of them, probably looking at his phone or otherwise distracted; but obviously no evidence or witnesses so he gets off with careless driving.
This is infuriating.
RIP both riders.
Thanks for posting @rhb . As you all know I have taken a keen interest in this case which happened very very close to my house. Clearly the law is badly flawed here that the judge can state "This defendant could not have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving because his inattention – his lack of attention – over a relatively short period of time, to be counted in seconds, doesn’t meet the legal criteria for dangerous driving". Yet this non-dangerous driving has killed two people.
I had always been at a loss how this happened given the excellent conditions at the time and the experience of the two cyclists. I had come to my own conclusion that the only explanation was that the driver just didn't see the victims. How this cannot be classed as dangerous driving is outrageous. RIP riders
Some more comments from the families here https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19715197.families-grief-driver-sentenced-killing-two-cyclists-a40/
Yes, the judge took great pains to repeatedly emphasise that this wasn't dangerous driving. The legislation seems fairly vague but I guess there must be some guidance somewhere that meant this was the case.
I wonder if the defendant had not been a 60 year old white male whether the sentencing would have been different
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