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Cornwall motorcyclist death driver given one-year ban

A Devon lorry driver has been given a 12-month driving ban after he admitted causing the death of a Cornwall motorcyclist.

Truro Crown Court heard Michael Griffin from Martins Close, Hatherleigh, hit 21-year-old Jason Molyneaux's bike on the A30 in February 2010.

The court heard Mr Molyneaux from St Dennis fell into the road and died.

Griffin told police he thought he must have dozed off for a few seconds, the court heard.

The lorry driver was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community work.

At a previous hearing Griffin pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

'Tragic accidents'

The court heard that Mr Molyneaux's bike was stuck on the lorry's bumber and he died instantly in the accident - after two cars following Griffin ran over his body.

Mr Molyneaux from St Dennis had just finished a night shift at Tulip Foods in St Austell.

Robert Linford, defending, told the court Griffin was of previous good character, his references were glowing and he would be remorseful for the rest of his life.

Judge Christopher Elwen said: "This is one of those tragic accidents in which the level of carelessness is low and there are no aggravating features."

The incident happened on the A30, at the junction with the Roche-Victoria turnoff on 20 February 2010.

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