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Royal Marine Jack Taylor admits moped rider's death

Steven Davidson-Hackett
Image caption Steven Davidson-Hackett was killed as he drove home from work on his moped

A Royal Marines Commando was over the drink-drive limit and driving without insurance when he caused the death of a young moped rider, a court has heard.

Steven Davidson-Hackett, 20, from Exeter died after a crash in Ludwell Lane in June.

Jack Taylor, 25, from Exmouth, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Davidson-Hackett at Exeter Crown Court.

Taylor denied other related charges and the case was adjourned.

Aggravated vehicle taking

The court was told Taylor had an alcohol level of 110 milligrams in 100 millilitres of blood - more than the legal limit of 80 milligrams - when the Ford Transit tipper truck he was driving was in collision with the moped rider as he drove home from work.

The marine, who is currently based with 42 Commando at Bickleigh Barracks in Plymouth, pleaded not guilty to taking a Ford Transit tipper truck without the authority of its owner and aggravated vehicle taking.

He has also denied a dangerous driving charge which relates to events after the crash.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned the case until April for the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether to go to trial.

A second defendant - David Marriott, 25, of Exeter Road, Exmouth - pleaded not guilty to taking the tipper truck without authority and jointly causing Mr Davidson-Hackett's death by driving without insurance.

His case was adjourned for trial later this year.

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