Stephen Bateman receives suspended jail sentence for cyclist death

Joanna Braithwaite Joanna Braithwaite died in the collision in Woodstock Road

A 75-year-old man who pleaded guilty to causing the death of a cyclist in Oxford has been spared a jail term.

Joanna Braithwaite, 34, from Polstead Road, died in a crash with a cement mixer lorry as she was cycling to work on 28 October last year.

Stephen Bateman, from Middleton Cheney, was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for three years.

Bateman, who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving on 17 August, will have to carry out an extended driving test before he can return to the wheel.

He was also ordered to pay £400 costs.

Thames Valley Police said Ms Braithwaite was the only cyclist to lose her life on Oxfordshire's roads in 2011.

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