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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Court case halted after defendant makes ‘bias’ claim

A court hearing was dramatically halted after a defendant accused the prosecutor of being biased.

Harry Kirkby, 74, admitted using a vehicle and trailer in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.

It related to an incident on the A69 at Low Row, near Brampton, on May 24 last year.

The canopy on Kirkby’s trailer came loose, flew off and hit a road sign. It then smashed into a second sign causing the vehicle and trailer to jack-knife.

Kirkby entered a guilty plea but the hearing at Carlisle Magistrates Court had to be abandoned after prosecutor Andrew Travis refused to continue.

Mr Travis explained how Kirkby had accused him of being a financial supporter of Tynedale Rugby Club, who Kirkby claimed are sponsored by Benfield Motors.

The court also heard how Kirkby had hired the trailer involved in the incident from Benfield Motors. A separate case against the motor dealer had earlier been dropped.

Mr Travis said: “Mr Kirkby made quite wrong and erroneous allegations about my connection with Tynedale Rugby Club.”

He insisted his integrity as a lawyer had been brought into question.

Kirkby is due back in court on April 22.

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