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Coach driver sentenced for Manchester dog walker's death

Ian O'Mara Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Ian O'Mara's family said he loved his two-year-old Jack Russell dog, Tia, dearly

A coach driver who hit a dog walker has been given a suspended sentence after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Ian O'Mara, 55, suffered head injuries after being struck in Manchester last October and died in hospital.

His two-year-old dog Tia was pronounced dead at the scene in Princess Road.

Colin Ayrton, 65, of Brown Lane, Heald Green, was given a 16-week jail term suspended for two years at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court.

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Image caption Ian O'Mara had been crossing Princess Road near to Darley Avenue

Mr O'Mara's widow Glynis said in an earlier statement: "We are relieved that the coach driver has taken responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.

"However nothing can ever bring Ian back and losing him has had a massive effect on the whole family...Life will simply never be the same for all of us."

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