Reading Man Jailed For Fatal Crash

7 June 2017, 13:30 | Updated: 7 June 2017, 13:32

Mac Sutcliffe Moped

A priest has described how his teenage son's life was cut "cruelly short'' after a man was jailed for 20 months for causing his death by careless driving.

Mohammed Zaman, 32, from Wimborne Gardens, Reading, Berkshire, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to causing the death of Macaully (Mac) Sutcliffe, from Applegate, St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.

The accident involving Zaman's van and the 16-year-old's moped happened at the junction of Bloswood Lane and Harroway, near Whitchurch, on October 14 last year.

The teenager's father, the Rev Richard Sutcliffe, assistant benefice priest at St Mary Bourne, said in a statement: ``No court sentence can help to fill the gap that is left following the death of our son, Mac.

"As well as missing his presence now, we have huge regrets for his future that was so cruelly cut short.

"We are enormously proud of the fine young man that he had become. He touched many people and we all miss him dreadfully.

"We are very grateful for all of the support we have received from so many people at this difficult time.''

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "The court heard how Mr Zaman, who was driving a Mercedes Vito van, had failed to abide by the give way signs on approach to the junction.

"He had also not paid significant attention to his sat nav, which warned of the junction ahead.

"He had seen the moped was indicating but told police in interview he had misinterpreted the direction of the indication.''

The spokesman added: "While sentencing, the judge praised the 16-year-old victim's exemplary riding and said all the fault for the collision lay with Mr Zaman.''

As well as the 20-month custodial sentence, Zaman had his licence endorsed and he was banned from driving for two years and 10 months with a requirement to carry out a retest after that.