Pc sentenced after fatal accident in Norfolk

A Norfolk policeman, who killed a grandfather when he crashed into two motorcyclists, has been sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

Pc Michael Pearce, 43, who admitted causing death by careless driving, hit the vehicles on the B1108 at Carbrooke when he turned right into Mill Lane.

David Jennings, 63, of East Harling, died in the accident which happened on 25 July 2009.

Pearce received a year's driving ban and must do 300 hours community work.

The court heard Pearce, a police officer for 22 years, was driving an unmarked silver Ford Focus when he crashed into the motorcyclists.

'Disastrous results'

Both motorcyclists had their headlights on and were doing no more than 60mph when the accident happened, the court heard.

Charles Kellett, prosecuting, said: "He (Pearce) failed to spot them. Mr Jennings had no chance to apply his brakes."

Pearce, based at Norfolk Police in Wymondham, had been on his way to interview a witness about another accident when the crash happened.

Mark Fenhalls, representing Pearce, said his client was devastated by what happened.

"He (Pearce) has spent his life trying to avoid such tragedies occurring"

Judge Anthony Bate told Pearce: "This falls into the lower bracket of such offending.

"I will not class this as a momentary error. It was your failure which had disastrous results."

A Norfolk Police spokeswoman said: "Pc Pearce will have to take an extended driving test before his licence is renewed.

"He has remained on restricted duties throughout the investigation.

"The force will now take the time to consider whether misconduct proceedings are appropriate."

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