Monday, January 7, 2008

Accused driver did not recall 'anything unusual'

Accused driver did not recall 'anything unusual'.(News)

A LORRY driver accused of causing grievous bodily injury to a two-year-old Armagh boy in an alleged "hit and run" accident last year told Newry Crown Court yesterday that he "didn't remember anything unusual happening" on the evening of the incident.

The jury is expected to consider its verdict today after a four-day hearing.

Samuel Neville Ferguson, of Collone, Armagh, denies inflicting injuries on Mark Bradshaw, of Mullabrack, through dangerous driving on November 3 last year.

He has also pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to stop, and failing to report the accident at Armagh Road, Newtownhamilton.

The boy was in a blue Metro driven by child minder Joanne Campbell.

In court Ferguson admitted that around the time of the accident he was going to Newtownhamilton with a 40ft trailer carrying a car body shell.

He agreed it was possible the shell could have been a "bit loose" and that he was mindful of it being in the trailer.

Asked why it took him an hour to travel 12 miles, Ferguson stated he was "going easy" so as not to damage the shell.

Accused accepted his vehicle was in collision with the Metro but denied categorically that he had collided with it.

Accused rejected evidence by a prosecution witness that he had to swerve to avoid colliding with an articulated vehicle.

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