Suspended jail term for dangerous driver

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A motorcyclist convicted of dangerous driving while out on a ride with two friends who died in an accident has been given a suspended prison term.

Daren Leslie was cleared of two charges of causing death by dangerous driving over the fatal events on Mythop Road, Weeton, back in September 2012.

A jury had convicted the 26-year-old, of Norfolk Road, Blackpool of two counts of dangerous driving following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

His friends, Patrick Cresswell and Suzanne Smith, had been riding a motorcycle when they were fatally injured.

The defendant had gone out with them for a ride, but was not involved in any accident.

Judge Stuart Baker stressed today that while he had the greatest sympathy for the families of the deceased, the two deaths were not attributable to Leslie.

He had little doubt that the events of that day and the consequences would stay with him, possibly for the rest of his life.

His barrister said Leslie and his wife had been significantly affected by the outcome of what happened that day.

He was given eight months prison, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision, 200 hours unpaid work and a two year driving man.

The defendant will have to take an extended re-test before driving again.