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Jury sent out in trial of elderly driver involved in fatal A47 crash

PUBLISHED: 13:14 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 08 August 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A jury hearing the trial of an elderly driver accused of causing the death of his travelling companion in a crash on the A47 have been sent out to consider its verdict.

Retired teacher Leonard Birtles, 91, was driving back home after a holiday in Great Yarmouth, when the accident happened on July 12, 2015, near the Hardwick roundabout at King’s Lynn.

Norwich Crown Court heard that his Mercedes car collided with a Ford Fiesta before hitting a Mitsubishi Shogun and ending up in a ditch.

Birtles’ 85-year-old long-term travelling companion Joan Jackson, who was a front-seat passenger in the car, died from the injuries she received while Birtles was not badly injured in the collision, receiving a cut to his nose.

Birtles, of Chichester Road, Cleethorpes, has denied causing the death by careless driving of Ms Jackson and has gone on trial via a video link from Grimsby.

The court heard that since the crash Birtles had given his licence up.

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