A JURY in the trial of a retired doctor who denies his driving caused the death of an elderly pedestrian in Brampton has been discharged.

Roger Williams, 71, was charged after his Ford C-Max and 72-year-old Penny Bains were in collision at a Main Street pedestrian crossing on the late afternoon of 20th December, 2018.

Williams went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this week when a jury began to hear evidence in the case.

But the jury of seven women and five men has now been discharged from reaching a verdict by Judge Paul Lawton.

The judge told jurors that the decision followed a discussion involving counsel in the case over a matter of law.

A new date for the trial of Williams, of Hethersgill, near Brampton, was fixed for January next year.

* An earlier version of this story wrongly stated Dr Williams was charged with death by dangerous driving. We would like to clarify he was charged with death by careless driving. We apologise for any upset caused.