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Woman pleads not guilty of causing the death of motorcyclist Jay Hayes by careless driving in Pembury

A woman has denied causing the death of a father-of-two by careless driving.

Suzanne Gaveston, 71, from Pembury appeared at Maidstone Crown Court today to confirm her name and make her plea.

Suzanne Gaveston leaves court
Suzanne Gaveston leaves court

Her defence counsel asked the court for a headset, saying it was difficult for Ms Gaveston to follow proceedings as she suffered from tinnitus.

Prosecuting, Tom Nicholson said he expected a trial to last five days as there were five witnesses with the defence intending to also call an expert witness.

Jason Hayes, known as Jay, died after a collision between his Honda VFR800 motorbike and a BMW 335 being driven by Ms Gaveston.

The incident happened in Pembury High Street at the junction with Woodsgate Way on August 27 around 11.40am.

The 33-year-old plumber from Halling died at the scene, leaving two sons aged six and three.

Jay Hayes died in the accident
Jay Hayes died in the accident

An initial trail date was set for May 31 next year, which would be more than 21 months after Mr Hayes' death.

Judge St John-Stevens expressed concern a date wasn't available sooner. He said: "That's an awfully long way away for a case such as this. The conclusion of the trial will have an impact on many people's lives.

"I will look to bring the trial date forward if I can."

Ms Gaveston of Woodsgate Way, Pembury, was released on unconditional bail.

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