Speeding Girlington driver is spared jail after injuring West Bowling vicar (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Speeding Girlington driver is spared jail after injuring West Bowling vicar
10:00am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
A speeding driver who crashed in roadworks, knocking a vicar off his bicycle, has been spared an immediate jail sentence.
James Hinton, vicar of St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling, Bradford, suffered a serious head injury and a fractured shoulder, when he was hit in the city’s Manchester Road on March 27 last year.
Ishaaq Din, 21, of Kensington Street, Girlington, Bradford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Mr Hinton, 48, who was cycling along the pavement, needed 13 staples inserting into a head wound. He had made a good recovery and was cycling again, the court heard.
Judge Peter Benson told Din: “It is fortunate nobody was killed as a result of your stupidity.”
Din had to be cut free from his car. He was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and a two-year driving ban.