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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Man admits causing Carlisle pensioner's death by dangerous driving

A man has been warned he will be going to prison after he admitted causing the death of a Carlisle pensioner by dangerous driving.

Kenneth Graham photo
Kenneth Graham

Kenneth Thomas Graham, 67, died after being hit by a car while he was crossing the road near his home in Newtown Road on the evening of May 12 last year.

He was treated at the scene by members of the public and ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, where he died.

At the city's Crown Court today, Paul Robertson, 35, pleaded guilty to causing his death by driving his Skoda Octavia dangerously.

No details of the incident - or why his driving was considered dangerous - were given in court.

Robertson, a mechanic and vehicle inspector who lives with his parents in Inglewood Crescent, Morton, Carlisle, also admitted possessing nearly 4,000 pornographic pictures of children – 15 of them of level four, the second worst category on the official scale.

He was remanded in custody for the preparation of background reports and will be sentenced on October 4.

Judge Paul Batty QC, the Honorary Recorder of Carlisle, said a prison sentence was inevitable and the pre-sentence report would serve only to help him decide how long it should be.

“You have admitted two very serious matters and when taken cumulatively, in my judgement they demand a sentence of some length,” he said.

Robertson's friend, Robert Hartley, 42, of Belgarth Gardens, Carlisle, who was driving ahead in another car which managed to avoid Mr Graham, had originally been charged with dangerous driving but that was dropped when he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of careless driving.

The court heard he had been driving too fast in his Mitsubishi Shogun as he emerged from Raffles Avenue.

But prosecuting counsel Andrew Ford told the court there was no evidence that, as the prosecution had at first thought, Hartley and Robertson had been racing.

Hartley was given a 12 month conditional discharge because he is already in prison for inflicting grievous bodily harm in an unrelated case.

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