Best man knocks down boy in Colne on way to wedding

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A BEST man running late for a wedding knocked down a little boy in Colne, Pennine magistrates heard.

Father-of-three Shaun Leslie Northage was a learner driver not being supervised and was not insured. The six-year-old child, said to have gone into the road on his bike without looking, suffered minor injuries in the collision on August 27th.

The hearing was told how Northage did not leave his details and gave his partner’s name but, the prosecution told the court, it was not suggested he was trying to evade responsibility. She went to the scene and gave his name as he was already running late for the wedding.

The defendant (41), of North Street, Colne, admitted driving without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. He was fined £100 with £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and was given six penalty points.

Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said, just before midday, police attended Chatham Street after reports of the collision.

The six-year-old suffered minor injuries, paramedics attended but were not concerned by his injuries and the defendant was allowed on his way to the wedding. Northage, a provisional licence holder, had left his partner’s name, but not his own.

Mr Lee Hammond, for Northage, told the court to say he was extremely upset by hitting the child was an understatement.

The boy’s grandfather was present at the time and did not blame the defendant, who he knew, for what happened. Northage was not speeding, wasn’t driving inappropriately and the child went into the road without looking.

Mr Hammond said Northage, his partner and child had been going to West Yorkshire for the wedding and he had nipped out to get hair pins for his partner. The collision occurred on the way back from the shop.

The solicitor said Northage shouldn’t have been driving without supervision. The defendant’s partner, who owned the car, was not happy about him going out in the car and he would be “getting it in the neck” from her, if he hadn’t already.

Mr Hammond added: “I suggest the punishment she will mete out may well be harsher than the punishment the court metes out today.”