Man to stand trial over death of motorcyclist on Peterborough road

Police at the scene of the incident
Police at the scene of the incident
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A man charged with killing a motorcyclist in Peterborough will stand trial next year.

Neville Smith (22) of no fixed abode, is accused of killing grandfather Michael Howard in an incident in Bretton Way in August.

Police at the scene of the incident

Police at the scene of the incident

Today (Friday) Smith appeared via video link at Peterborough Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Smith wore a black t-shirt as he appeared from prison, and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, nationality and plea.

The court was packed for the short hearing, with Mr Howard's family sitting in the jury box, and around 20 motor bikers - some wearing T-shirts with pictures of Mr Howard - sitting in the public gallery.

Charles Falk, prosecuting, said: "A trial date has been set for February 4.

"The trial is scheduled to last for four to five days."

The court was told the case was scheduled to take place at Cambridge Crown Court - but Judge Sean Enright said the location would be looked at. He said: "A case of this nature ought to be held in this city."

Smith was remanded in custody until the trial date.

It is alleged Smith was driving a Saab 93 car when he collided with Mr Howard at about 5.25pm on Wednesday, August 22.

Mr Howard from Burrett Road, Walsoken, Wisbech, who was riding a grey Suzuki GSXR 750 K4 died at the scene of the incident, which occurred at the junction of Bretton Way and Deerleap.