Dorset

Brothers sentenced over Weymouth motorbike death

Mark and David Dalgleish Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Mark Dalgleish (left) was jailed for six years, while his brother David (right) was given a suspended sentence

Two brothers have been sentenced over the death of a pensioner who was hit by a motorbike while crossing the road.

Christopher Dursley, 87, died after being on Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, last October.

Mark Dalgleish, 27, who was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, was sentenced to six years in prison.

His brother David, 32, admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years.

Mark Dalgleish was also disqualified from driving for five years, and will have to carry out an extended driving test.

His brother, of Newstead Road, Weymouth, was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two years.

'Speeding'

Mark Dalgleish was riding the yellow Suzuki motorbike which hit Mr Dursley. His brother was travelling on a purple and black Honda motorcycle.

Witnesses described seeing both motorcyclists riding at speeds in excess of 80mph on the road which has a 50mph speed limit, police said.

PC Andrew Fields, of Dorset Police, said: "Mark and David Dalgleish's actions that day resulted in the death of a much-loved elderly man.

"The incident was made even more tragic by the fact Christopher Dursley's wife was with him at the time of the collision and saw her husband pass away from the dreadful injuries he had sustained.

"Both defendants were experienced motorcyclists but their riding that day was dangerous and fell far below the standard expected."

The pair were sentenced on Friday at Bournemouth Crown Court.

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