Jail likely for Folkingham man who admits causing death by careless driving

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A motorist has been warned he faces jail after he today (Monday) admitted causing the death of a 27-year-old cyclist in South Lincolnshire.

Paul Walken, 42, of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, had been due to stand trial in front of a jury at Lincoln Crown Court but pleaded guilty to causing the death of Timothy Osborn by careless driving while unfit to drive through drink.

Timothy Osborn, who lived in Pode Hole near Spalding, was knocked down and killed onSeptember 14, 2012 as he cycled home from work along the A151 Bourne Road, Spalding.

Judge Stuart Rafferty told Walken: “I will give you credit to the extent I can give you credit for your guilty plea but you must appreciate it comes very late in the day.

“You must understand that what you did remains very serious indeed. Nobody suggests that you took Mr Osborn’s life deliberately but nevertheless it was because of your actions and inactions that this occurred. I am afraid there is a price that has to be paid for that.

“There will have to be a pre-sentence report. That will go to the length of sentence rather than anything else.”

Walken was granted conditional bail by Judge Rafferty and will appear back before the crown court next month for sentence. The judge also imposed an interim driving ban, adding: “When the time comes you will be the subject of a lengthy disqualification.”