Deal man admits killing motorcyclist while driving dangerously in Ripple

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A young man who admitted killing a pensioner while driving dangerously has today been told to expect a prison sentence.

Macaulay Skirrow, 24, of Freemens Way, Deal, pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to causing the death of motorcyclist Bernard Tomlin.

Macaulay Skirrow, 24, of Freemens Way, Deal, pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to causing the death of motorcyclist Bernard Tomlin

Skirrow’s red Peugeot 106 crashed into Mr Tomlin’s orange Yamaha in Sutton Road, Ripple, near Deal, on August 23 last year.

Mr Tomlin was travelling towards the crossroads with Mongeham Road at about 12.45pm when the collision happened.

An air ambulance was called to the village but Mr Tomlin was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Dressed in a white shirt, black tie and Covid face mask, Skirrow pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Tomlin’s family could be seen comforting each other in the public gallery after the guilty plea.

“You have sensibly made an early admission to, I’m afraid, a very serious offence.”

They heard Skirrow had suffered adverse mental health since causing their loved one’s death and had previously battled drugs.

Oliver Kirk, defending, asked Judge Simon James to order a pre-sentence report before sentencing on September 17.

“The defendant has pleaded guilty to a very serious offence, in respect of which, in due course, custody will follow,” he said.

“Before we get to that point, can I ask the court to request a pre-sentence report?”

Judge Simon James told Skirrow, who was supported by his father in court, there was an “overwhelming likelihood” he would receive a custodial sentence.

The crash happened at the junction of Chapel Lane and Mongeham Road in Ripple. Picture: Google Street View
The crash happened at the junction of Chapel Lane and Mongeham Road in Ripple. Picture: Google Street View

“You have sensibly made an early admission to, I’m afraid, a very serious offence,” he added.

“Before I sentence it is important that I know not only about the circumstances, but also I know as much about you as possible.”

Skirrow was granted conditional bail and, despite not owning a full driving licence, ordered not to operate a vehicle.

He was driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and insurance at the time of the crash, it is understood.

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