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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 (3013557)
Disabled man jailed
by David Simister

A young cystic fibrosis sufferer who seriously injured a cyclist after speeding through a red traffic light was today (Tue) behind bars.

Bradley Potter's barrister urged a judge not to impose a custodial sentence pointing out the problems his health difficulties will cause at a detention centre.

But Judge Henry Globe, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool described the case, which left cyclist, John Kane, with his left arm shattered in six places, as “ a serious piece of dangerous driving”.

He sentenced 21-year-old Potter, who has to take 200 tablets a day to help manage his life-threatening condition, to 12 weeks detention in a Young Offenders Institute, and banned him from driving for three years.

Potter, of Butcher's Lane, Aughton, West Lancashire, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report the accident.

Ian Davies, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that the incident occurred about 3.45 pm on October 12 last year. Potter was driving his VW Golf at about 40 - 50 mph along the 30 mph New Quay out of Liverpool city centre.

He went through a red traffic light and collided with Mr Kane, knocking him from his pedal cycle and leaving him in agony with his arm fractured in six places.

Potter did not stop and went through another set of red traffic lights before disappearing but his registration plate number had been noted by a witness and within half an hour police had tracked him and the vehicle down in St Helens.

When quizzed Potter said that once the accident had happened he panicked and did not know what to do. He said he had stopped further along the road thinking what to do and then decided to go back to St Helens.

Potter added that he wanted the police to send his apologies to the cyclist, said Mr Davies.

The court heard that Potter had received a police caution three weeks earlier for failing to conform to a ‘no left turn' sign.

John O'Leary, defending, said that Potter had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of just six weeks. He has to have physiotherapy twice a day and take 200 tablets.

His condition means that approximately every two months he ends up spending a fortnight in Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool having intravenous drugs.

Mr O'Leary said that apart from the suffering a custodial sentence would cause Potter, his care would also put staff at the detention centre under “enormous pressure.”

Potter has no previous convictions and was remorseful for his behaviour, he said.


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