Lorry driver must wait for sentence after killing woman with his reversing truck

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A COUNCIL worker who caused the death of a carer when he knocked her down will have to wait to find out his fate.

At a hearing in May, Gavin Simon Spoors pleaded guilty to causing the death of Allison Rodger, 44, of Great Lumley, by careless driving.

The collision happened in Front Street, Chester-le-Street, as he reversed a flatbed truck, which was being used by a crew to empty bins, on May 19 last year.

The 24-year-old, from Cathedral View, Newbottle, was due to be sentenced on Friday at Durham Crown Court.

However, after reports prepared by the probation service, Judge Christopher Prince said a trial of issue should now be heard. He said he wanted to know more about the description of the incident.

The court was told by his barrister, David Combs, that Durham County Council sacked him on Thursday. He had previously remained an employee, but was taken off driving duties.

The day-long trial of issue will be held on August 9. Spoors was released on bail.