Northern Ireland

Driver not guilty of causing Michael Caulfield's death

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Image caption The scene of the crash at the Annadale/Ormeau junction

A lorry driver who was due to stand trial accused of knocking down a cyclist in south Belfast almost three years ago has walked free from court.

James Jeffers Thompson, 52, of Rose Park, Tandragee, County Armagh, had denied causing the death by careless driving of Michael Caulfield.

Prosecution counsel said "following a review of evidence in this case'' the Crown was not offering any evidence.

On the direction of the judge, the jury found Mr Thompson not guilty.

Mr Caulfield, a 56-year-old father-of-four, from Saintfield, County Down, died when he was struck by a lorry driven by Mr Thompson at the junction of Ormeau Road and Annadale Embankment on 15 April, 2011.

A defence barrister said Mr Thompson had asked that "his deepest sympathies be extended to Mrs Caulfield and her family''.