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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Former Millom motorcyclist’s family give driver credit for guilty plea

THE brothers of a biker killed by a careless driver say they bear no grudge against the man who took his life.

Paul Fursey, originally from Millom, died in October last year after being knocked from his motorbike on the A66 near Cockermouth.

At Carlisle Crown Court on Monday, Jamie Alexander Crellin, 23, of Row Brow Park, Maryport, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Fursey’s death by driving without due care and attention.

Yesterday, Mr Fursey’s brother Max Fursey, of Ulverston, welcomed the guilty plea.

He said: “We definitely welcomed it; I don’t think he could have pleaded anything else realistically.

“There is no sense in hating him; it’s not going to achieve anything or bring Paul back, and it’s not going to benefit anybody.”

Mr Fursey, 39, said he had no interest in seeing Crellin jailed for the offence.

“I’m not saying he should get away scot-free but maybe they should educate him instead of putting him behind bars. If they take his licence away it will just make him a worse driver,” he said.

Mr Fursey says that while he is not sure whether he can forgive his brother’s killer, he accepts that the accident “could have happened to anybody.”

“We have all been there and pulled out of a junction too early, but he was just unlucky. The lad has to live with it for the rest of his life, and it’s just horrible all round,” he said.

Oldest brother Karl Fursey, 41, of Devonshire Road, Millom, said Crellin’s guilty plea would enable the family to find closure.

He said: “It was a foregone conclusion really, but you have to give him credit and we are glad we don’t have to have a trial and drag it all up again.

“At the end of the day, although Paul had right of way and it was an accident that could have been avoided, he didn’t mean to knock him off his bike.”

Mr Fursey, 31, was a member of Millom Bike Group before moving to Bolton Low Houses near Aspatria, and taking up work at Asda in Workington.

Chairman of the group, Bill Jones, said: “He was a good lad, he always listened to advice and I’m glad to see the guilty plea and I think justice has been done.”

Crellin will be sentenced on October 10.

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