Driver gets community punishment following tragic death of yachtsman

Alistair Pratt
Alistair Pratt

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A TAXI driver has been convicted of careless driving following the death of a Havant cyclist.

Robin Jenkinson, 29, was driving his Ford Transit taxi along the A259 eastbound in Chidham, near Emsworth, when he collided with 41-year-old cyclist Alastair Pratt.

Mr Pratt, of Fifth Avenue, Denvilles, had not been wearing a helmet and died from his injuries at the scene at 9.15am on June 14 last year.

Jenkinson, of Westlands Road, Hunston, near Chichester, admitted causing death by careless driving and was sentenced at Chichester Magistrates’ Court to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Jenkinson told the court he did not see Mr Pratt before the crash happened.

The court heard Jenkinson had been driving within the 40mph speed limit at the time of the accident and was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

The court heard a passenger in the taxi shouted ‘Rob, bike’ to warn him just moments before the accident.

A statement from Mr Pratt’s partner Gillian McCoy was read out at court which said: ‘I am unable to describe the loss on just a single sheet of paper. Alastair was a wonderful and loving person.’

It was heard Mr Pratt, who was long-standing member of Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club, and his partner had been discussing marriage and having children. Magistrates said Jenkinson had showed considerable remorse.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £185 in court costs.