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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Cumbrian danger driver, 21, admits causing friend’s death

A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of one of his friends by dangerous driving.

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Kyle Twentyman

Kyle Twentyman, who had previously denied the allegation, changed his plea to guilty on the eve of his Carlisle Crown Court trial.

He admitted his dangerous driving caused the death of 20-year-old Raymond Pattinson, who suffered fatal injuries in an accident on the main coast road through Allonby on the evening of March 25 last year.

He was hit by a Suzuki Swift and died later at Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.

It is understood that at the time of his death he was in the process of applying to join the Army.

Known as Ray, a family statement, issued after the tragedy, said he had enjoyed life to the full and described him as “loveable, sensitive and kind”.

Mr Pattinson, who lived in Edinburgh Road, Maryport, had been working as a junior chef at the Old Postinghouse, Deanscales, near Cockermouth.

He was a former pupil of Solway Community Technology College in Silloth.

A big Arsenal fan, a letter of condolence from the club’s then star striker Robin van Persie was read out at the funeral, which was attended by more than 150 people.

Although he had moved to Maryport, he loved spending time in Allonby with his friends and was a regular at The Ship pub.

At his funeral the Rev Mary Day spoke of a popular young man. “Ray classed all his friends as his best friend. He had no enemies. Ray had his own great sense of humour. He was a ray of sunshine. There was not a bad bone in his body,” she said.

Twentyman – who used to work in his family’s fish and chip shop in Allonby before opening a sweet shop in Senhouse Street, Maryport, last December – was initially charged with the manslaughter of his friend.

That was later changed to the charge he admitted in court yesterday.

Twentyman, of Main Street Allonby, was remanded on bail and will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on January 14 after background reports have been prepared by the Probation Service.

During an earlier hearing, Judge Paul Batty QC described the case as a “very unhappy and tragic incident”. He imposed a driving ban on Twentyman. The ultimate length of the ban will be decided when the defendant is fully sentenced in January.

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