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Leave to Appeal Granted to in Pavement Cyclist Manslaughter Case 


Auriol Grey has been granted leave to appeal her 2023 conviction for manslaughter. Adrian Darbishire KC of QEB Hollis Whiteman and Chris Henley KC of Mountford Chambers led the new team, instructed by Ben Rose of Hickman and Rose, all acting pro bono for Auriol Grey. 

In October 2020 Ms Grey, who is disabled, autistic and partially sighted, was walking along the pavement in central Huntingdon. At the same time Celia Ward aged 77 was cycling along the same section of pavement towards Ms Grey. Ms Grey shouted that the cyclist should get off the pavement and gestured with her left hand. As Ms Ward reached Ms Grey she lost balance and fell into the path of an oncoming car. She died instantly.

The basis of the appeal is that the Judge misdirected the jury on unlawful act manslaughter; no base offence was identified. It will be argued at the full hearing, which is scheduled for May, that Ms Grey’s actions were incapable of amounting to the offence of manslaughter.



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