Biker, 40 killed by U-turn tragedy

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A THOUGHTLESS U-turn by a driver caused the death of a motorcyclist, a court heard.

Dad-of-seven Waliath Khan, 60, did not indicate to pull out and failed to check for traffic as he manoeuvred to park his Toyota, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Dean Milnes, 40, lost control of his bike and collided with the car. An ambulance was called but he stopped breathing on the way to hospital.

Khan, of Denholme Close, Pitsmoor, admitted causing death by careless driving.

Prosecutor Simon Batiste said Mr Milnes, who has a 14-year-old daughter, had been to see a bike in Neepsend with his friend Steven Saunders. They were riding back when the crash occurred on Cooks Wood Road, Shirecliffe, in March 2009.

Khan had been dropping off his daughter, and was trying to park back at home when he made the fateful U-turn.

David Bradshaw, defending, said it was “momentary inattention” and Khan had not felt able to drive since.

The court heard “deeply religious” Khan prays five times a day and is well-known in his community. He came to the UK from Pakistan in 1967 and worked as a machine operator until ill-health stopped him working in 1991.

Judge Simon Lawler told Khan pleading guilty had saved a “very painful” trial for Mr Milnes’ widow, his daughter, and family and friends.

He said: “It is a terrible loss. No words of mine or sentence I pass can even begin to repair the huge loss Mr Milnes’ untimely death has left.”

But he said no useful purpose would be served by jailing Khan. Instead he gave him 24 weeks’ jail suspended for two years, banned him from driving for two years and ordered him to retake his test. He must also pay £1,000 costs.