The driver of a lorry who admitted killing an estate agency motorcyclist has been spared jail.
41-year-old Wayne Mackay from Poole in Dorset will not face a jail sentence as expected after the family of Andrew Mann (pictured) pleaded at Bournemouth Crown court for him to be shown leniency following the incident in April last year.
During an inquest into the accident in May it was established that lorry driver Wayne McKay had turned into an entrance way to prevent a dog entering the carriageway on the A31 road near the village of Sturminster but McKay failed to see Mann approaching on his Kawasaki motorbike.
Mann had been on his way to work at the large Wimborne offices of Savills, which was only five minutes from the site of the accident.
During the trial prosecuting counsel Jessica Price revealed that McKay had been focusing so hard on saving the dog’s life that he had not seen Mann approaching on his bike, even though under normal circumstances he would have been visible to him for nearly eight seconds prior to the accident. Mann died of multpiple injuries at the scene.
The case was heard at Poole Magistrates Court but District Judge Stephen Nichols has transferred sentencing of McKay to Bournemouth Crown Court because he felt the court’s sentencing powers were not adequate.
Mackay had already admitted causing the death of Mann, who worked for Savills as a senior planning consultancy expert. He leaves behind four children.