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Whitstable driver Charles Maxted charged with causing death of Canterbury IT worker Graham Epps by dangerous driving in Dunkirk

12 March 2014
by Keith Hunt
A motorist told he would not face prosecution over the death of a cyclist on the A2 has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
 
Charles Maxted, of Broomstick Hall, Glen Walk, Yorkletts, Whitstable, was due to enter a plea at Maidstone Crown Court today.
 
But the hearing was adjourned until May 30 at the request of the 52-year-old lawyer to allow more medical reports to be obtained.
Cyclist Graham Epps died after being hit by a car

Cyclist Graham Epps died after being hit by a car

IT worker Graham Epps, 29, of Claremont Place, Canterbury, died after a crash with a Vauxhall Meriva while cycling home from work near Dunkirk on August 3, 2012.
 
Danny Moore, defending, said Maxted, who is diabetic, was "refused charge" - indicating no further action would be taken against him.
 
Mr Epps' mother Sarah-Jane Turner, from Dargate, later told of her frustration at the decision.
 
She and her husband Ian moved to Nottinghamshire because they could not bear to be near the site of their son's death.
 
But Mr Moore told Judge Philip Statman the Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the decision and Maxted was charged.
Flowers at the scene where Graham Epps was killed

Flowers at the scene where Graham Epps was killed

Members of Mr Epps' family sat in court as the judge said: "On its face, it is a highly unusual and difficult case. It would be sensible to have a complete overview of the medical evidence."
 
Judge Statman said of a provisional trial date set for September 1: "I understand that is six months hence, which is a long time for the defendant and family to be kept waiting, but there are good reasons for it.
 
"Firstly, we are dealing with highly unusual circumstances and, secondly, we have just had a second judge retire in the course of this week, so we are two judges down."
 
Maxted's unconditional bail was continued.
Melanie Smith and her partner Graham Epps

Melanie Smith and her partner Graham Epps

Graham Epps at a charity event with his partner Melanie Smith

Graham Epps at a charity event with his partner Melanie Smith

Mr Epps, who lived with his girlfriend Melanie Smith, worked at Oakleigh Manor in Dargate for six years.
 
In a tribute at the time of his death, his boss Stuart Barton called him a "special man".

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