3G telecom expert Professor Edwin Candy spared jail after careless driving death

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    Felixstowe professor, 73, spared jail over death of Ipswich motorcyclist

    One of Europe’s foremost telecommunications experts has been given a suspended jail term after admitting causing the death of an Ipswich motorcyclist.

    Professor Edwin Candy, of Beach Road East, Felixstowe, was sentenced at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich, today.

    The 73-year-old, who has made a significant contribution to 2G, 3G and 4G technology, had previously admitted causing the death of Duane Cook by careless driving.

    Mr Cook, a father-of-six, died following a collision on the A1156 at Nacton on March 29 last year caused by Candy who was driving a Honda CRV.

    The 43-year-old delivery driver for Next had been on his way home from work when the tragedy occurred.

    In a momentary lapse of concentration Candy had turned across the path of Mr Cook’s oncoming Yamaha motorcycle, which was travelling at below 50mph in a 60mph limit.

    Vedrana Pehar, representing Candy, said her client was genuinely remorseful and had done everything he could to try to assist the dying Mr Cook.

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    Might be about time to take away the Right to Vote once you reach a certain age… as it seems when you reach a certain age you get very unlikely to be jailed for committing a crime. In my view this should have made it to Crown Court.

    Motorcyclists are all tarred with the same brush of being dangerous road users travelling at high speeds above the limit. Very few prosecutions of custodial sentence have been made in the local area when killed or left with serious life changing injuries. It is a similar story nationwide. In this case the biker was way below the road speed limit travelling home from work when the car blocked his path.

    How many “Think Bike” campaigns does there need to be? Some people just cannot see motorbikes or bicycles; it is down to people being impatient and unwilling to wait until they know it is safe to go. I have seen people pull out in front of lorries and buses (on a regular basis) assuming they are slow rather than judging the speed they are going.

    The professor didn’t intend to kill anyone, but until people learn to allow 2 seconds to make a decision if they are unsure, the cycle will continue.

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