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Judge Awards Compensation for an Injured Motorbike Passenger

April 24, 2015

A judge has given a negligent motorcyclist a two-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay £2,000 compensation for an injured motorbike passenger.

On 8th March 2015, Mark Holmes from Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire had just finished his shift as a barman in the town´s Commercial pub when he offered one of the pub´s customers – Joshua Pierce – a lift home on the back of his motorbike.

Joshua accepted and Holmes gave him a high visibility jacket and his helmet to wear. However, as Holmes sped away from the pub, he turned into the main Manchester Road at speed without looking, and crashed into a Honda travelling along the road.

Holmes sustained a head injury in the accident due to not wearing a crash helmet. Joshua was hit side on, and fractured his right femur and broke his pelvis. Joshua was taken to the Leeds General Infirmary, where he underwent an eleven-hour operation to reconstruct his leg.

The police investigated the accident and found that Holmes only had a provisional driving licence which did not allow him to carry passengers on his 125cc motorbike. He was prosecuted for causing injury by dangerous driving and his case was heard at Leeds Crown Court.

At the hearing, Holmes pled guilty to the charges of causing injury by dangerous driving and for failing to ride his motorbike in accordance with his provisional licence. He acknowledged before Judge Sally Cahill that the offer of a lift on the pillion of his motorcycle was both foolish and stupid.

Judge Cahill was told by Holmes´ barrister that he had previously led a responsible life and had not been drinking on the night of the accident. Judge Cahill gave Holmes a two-year suspended sentence, ordered him to do 200 hours community service and disqualified him from driving for a year. She also told Holmes that he would have to pay £2,000 compensation for an injured motorbike passenger to Joshua.