RAF man guilty of causing biker's death

A RAF serviceman with a history of motoring offences was today warned that he faced an “almost inevitable” prison sentence after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

A RAF serviceman with a history of motoring offences was today warned that he faced an “almost inevitable” prison sentence after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Christopher Harris, 27, an aircraft technician from RAF Marham, had denied causing the death of motorcyclist John Dossett, 59, following a head-on collision on the A134 at Lynford, near Thetford.

But a Norwich Crown Court jury today took almost three hours to find Harris, of Campion Road, Thetford, guilty of the offence after he attempted to overtake a van on a hidden dip and on a solid white line forbidding such manoeuvres on the morning of October 16.

Mr Dossett, of West Dereham, near Downham Market, who was ten days short of his 60th birthday and retirement, died at the scene of the crash involving the defendant's Citroen car. Harris had previously told the trial that he was not in a rush, but could not remember the fatal collision.

The court heard that Harris had previously been convicted of drink driving and driving whist uninsured in November 2000, caught speeding in December 2004, and took a car without consent whilst on an RAF base in September 2005 and drove it without due care and attention.

Recorder Ian Foster remanded him in custody until a sentencing hearing next month , but warned him: “It is almost inevitable you will be going to prison.”

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After the case, Insp Julian Moulton, of Norfolk Police, said: “There have been many moments of madness in Harris' driving and now one such moment has led to a person losing their life and produced a lifetime of misery for others.”

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