Man cleared over deaths of two motorcyclists

Bradford Crown Court
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A man has been cleared of causing the deaths of two motorcyclists on Rochdale Road, Greetland.

Motorist Joseph Beverley, 23, of Rochdale Road, Greetland, was found not guilty on two counts of causing death by careless driving.

Bradford Crown Court heard how families of the victims Mark Thornber and Duncan Sutcliffe had brought a private prosection against Mr Beverley and the case was taken over by the Crown Prosecution Service.

However, the CPS decided that there was insufficient evidence to result in a conviction.

The accident happened along the road on September 20, 2009, where Mr Beverley was pulling out of a farm driveway in a Ford Fiesta.

The car then collided with bikers Mr Sutcliffe, 29, and Mr Thornber, 31.

Barbara Petchey, deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “This was a terribly tragic case in which Mark Thornber and Duncan Sutcliffe lost their lives. Our thoughts remain with the two bereaved families at this very difficult time.

“In 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service was informed by solicitors representing the two families that a private prosecution had been commenced against Joseph Beverley for causing death by careless driving.

“The CPS has the power to take over a private prosecution and stop it if there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

“The evidence in the case involving the tragic deaths of Mark Thornber and Duncan Sutcliffe was very carefully considered and a decision taken that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

“The private prosecution was therefore taken over by the CPS and the Judge was invited to order an acquittal in order to bring the case to an end.”