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Greg Taylor death: Niall Darvell's car 'not roadworthy'

Crash scene
Image caption Greg Taylor was treated by paramedics at the scene but later died at Torbay Hospital

A man who has admitted causing the death of a teenage motorcyclist was driving a car which was "not roadworthy", a court has heard.

Niall Darvell, 38, knocked Greg Taylor, 19, off his bike in August last year.

Darvell, from Trelissick Road, Paignton, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and driving without insurance.

He was given two sentences of six months suspended for two years at Exeter Crown Court.

'Catastrophic consequences'

Greg Taylor's mother shouted from the public gallery "call that justice Mr Judge?".

Judge Simon Carr said the VW Golf Darvell was driving was in "an appalling state of repair and not roadworthy".

He said: "Modest contact can have catastrophic consequences.

"This cannot be described as a momentary matter of inattention.

"His driving that night fell well below the level appropriate."

Mr Taylor, from Buckfastleigh, was with two other motorcyclists when the crash happened at about 02:00 BST on 4 August last year near the Tweenaways Junction in Paignton.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene but later died at Torbay Hospital.

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