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Dead cyclist's family says 'no verdict means no justice and no closure'

By Malling Chronicle  |  Posted: August 08, 2011

'NO JUSTICE': Peter Stubbs

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THE daughter of a cyclist killed in a collision on the A20 at Wrotham Hill last year has said her family's ordeal was "impossible to describe".

Kate Warne's father, Peter Stubbs, died after his bicycle was hit by a car driven by 21-year-old Charlie Willbourne on May 4.

Miss Willbourne, of Hever Avenue, West Kingsdown, denied causing death by careless driving and after two juries in separate trials at Maidstone Crown Court failed to reach a verdict, it was decided not to proceed with a third trial.

Mr Stubbs, who was cycling home to St Mary's Way, Longfield, was the fourth person to die on the A20 in nine months.

Mrs Warne said: "'No verdict' means no justice, no accountability and no closure.

"My dad truly was the kindest, most loving and selfless person you could ever meet, he always put others first.

"We will always carry that lasting impression of being beside my dad's devastated body as he fought for his life in intensive care.

"To completely describe the impact that dad's death has had on our family life is impossible. We'll be suffering for the rest of our lives because of it."

The most recent hearing had been adjourned for the prosecution to decide whether to ask for a third trial.

Anthony Prosser told Judge Philip Statman that the prosecution did not consider that it would be in the public interest for Miss Willbourne to be put on trial for a third time. He added the widow of 58-year-old Peter Stubbs had also said that she did not want the matter taken to court again.

The judge returned a formal not guilty verdict and Judge Statman granted Miss Willbourne costs.

Miss Willbourne had pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Mr Stubbs by careless driving at around 8pm on May 4 last year.

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