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Driver, 95, admits Braywick Cemetery death

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Image caption Paul Mills was hit by a car as he was working in the grounds of Braywick Cemetery

A judge has described the case of a 95-year-old driver who hit and killed a man in a cemetery as "utterly tragic".

Gertrude Lister, of Vicarage Walk, Maidenhead, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court.

Paul Mills, 47, from Windsor, died after Lister hit him with her Hyundai i30 as he was working in the grounds of Braywick Cemetery on Valentine's Day.

She will be sentenced by Judge Paul Dugdale at the same court on 4 January.

Defending, Richard Shepherd told the court the case was one of "accidental acceleration".

He added Lister took a "brave decision" to plead guilty to not put the Mills family or her own family "through any more heartache".

'Very sad case'

Judge Dugdale said the offence was "serious" and there was "no doubt" it crossed the custody threshold.

He added: "It's an extremely unusual and very sad case. The decision as to what sentence you receive is not straightforward and it's one that requires a lot of thought.

"It's an utterly tragic case for the family of Paul Mills and also for yourself."

Following her guilty plea, the family of grandfather Mr Mills told the BBC how they were preparing for their first Christmas without him.

Mr Mills' daughter, Victoria, 17, said: "He was a really good man. He was a hard worker and he looked after us.

"My mum said it would be difficult [to attend court] but I needed to come for her."

His wife Tracie previously said: "I've lost my husband and my best friend."

The court heard how Lister, of previous good character, had surrendered her driving licence and has been released on unconditional bail ahead of her sentencing.

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