Norwich court clears man of causing teen’s death by careless driving on Norfolk road

Andrew Oakley. Andrew Oakley.

Dominic Bareham dominic.bareham2@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
5:21 PM

A Norfolk man has been cleared of causing death by careless driving when his tipper truck was in a crash which killed a teenager.

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A jury at Norwich Crown Court found Jason Shaw, 28, of Shelfanger Road, Diss, not guilty over his involvement in the crash that killed Andrew Oakley, 16, of Sunnyside, Diss, on the B1077 at Winfarthing near Diss on December 29, 2012.

After the jury returned its verdict, the defendant’s relatives shouted: “Yes” and: “He should not have been here in the first place,” from the public gallery.

Mr Oakley was a passenger in the rear of a Renault Kangoo van which was involved in a crash with the truck, being driven by Shaw.

During the trial, the court heard allegations that Shaw, who was travelling away from Diss, had cut across the path of the van being driven by Bradley Tennens in the opposite direction.

The prosecution claimed Shaw’s driving fell below that of a “competent and proven driver.”

However, the defendant argued that he was stationary in a driveway “for about 30 seconds” after completing his turn and the van ploughed into the back of his truck.

Jonathan Goodman, defending, said Mr Tennens had “sufficient time” to come to a “normal controlled stop” but went into a panic and pulled on the handbrake which put the vehicle out of control.

Mr Tennens was driving to Diss with his pregnant girlfriend in the front and the victim and another friend in the rear.

None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Following the decision, Judge Stephen Holt said: “I want to thank the family of Andrew Oakley for their decency througout this trial. I am very grateful to them.”

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