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by Mark Zalewski
December 22, 2016
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A 25-year-old man accused of hitting a teenage cyclist, dragging him and then leaving him for dead was set free after a judge ruled that the evidence was insufficient to likely result in a conviction by a jury.
Tyrone Sadler was charged in July this year with causing the death of 15-year-old Adam Jones while uninsured and without a licence. Jones is thought to have been doing a ‘wheelie’ on his bike while riding to his apprenticeship. Another vehicle narrowly missed hitting him and the following vehicle, a blue VW Bora believed to have been driven by Sadler, struck him.
Sadler never admitted to driving the Bora but his DNA was found on a coat in the car that was left abandoned, along with his credit card in the glovebox. He had reported the vehicle as stolen the day after Adam Jones was killed. However, there was no CCTV footage of the incident and ultimately the prosecution was unable to prove that Sadler was driving the vehicle. A police report concluded that the first vehicle’s action would have obstructed the view of the second vehicle’s driver, with no more than 0.89 seconds to respond before the collision.
“[The evidence] did not have to amount to carelessness but had to be more than [the defendent] simply being in the car that struck the victim.” Judge Michael Challinor said, noting it was with a heavy heart. “The evidence is not sufficient for him to be properly convicted by a jury.”
Sadler was seen leaving the court smiling and flashing a thumbs-up sign.
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