Tributes pour in for ‘adored’ biker Aidan
THE family of a man killed in a crash on the A5 pleaded with the courts not to jail the driver responsible for his death.
In an incredible display of forgiveness, Aidan McNicholl’s loved ones urged magistrates to show leniency to German tourist Andreas Werner, who pleaded guilty on Friday to causing the death of the 36-year-old radiographer in an accident near Cerrigydrudion on Sunday.
They also sent a card to the father-offour from Leipzig telling him they will “pray for him”.
Prosecutor Sarah Marsh said the family of Mr McNicholl, who grew up in Trearddur Bay, had visited the scene of the accident and are “not vengeful people, quite the opposite”.
“They see no value in the defendant being sent to jail. They believe his sentence is he will have to live with this for the rest of his life. They accept it was a momentary lapse and nothing will bring him back,” she said.
“They have also sent a card for the defendant stating they bear no grudge and they will pray for him.”
Mr McNicholl, who worked at Walton Hospital and lived in Bromborough, Wirral, was declared dead at the scene after his motorcyle collided with the VW Transporter driven by Werner.
The 46-year-old was fined £1,000 and disqualified from driving for two years.
The tragedy happened as Werner turned right off the main road on to a B road towards Bala, where the Suzuki bike collided with the side of the VW.
Craig Hutchinson, defending, told Llandudno magistrates Werner and his family had been staying at a holiday cottage near Bala. They travelled from Leip- zig on June 30 and on July 9 had visited Anglesey.
Mr Hutchinson said he wasn’t distracted by anything in the left-hand drive vehicle and had approached the junction at an appropriate speed. “Sadly the defendant isn’t in a position to offer an explanation why he didn’t see the motorcyclist.”
Werner found the empathy shown by the family of Mr McNicholl “extremely overwhelming” and thanked police for the way they had dealt with him, added Mr Hutchinson.
Court chairman Emrys Williams told Werner: “The Bench sends its condolences to the family of Aidan McNicholl and extend our sympathy to you Mr Werner and your family.
“We are moved by the compassion of the victim’s family and the contrition shown by you. No matter what this court does you will have to live with this for the rest of your life.”
PC Arwyn Phillips, lead investigator with the roads policing unit, said: “First and foremost my thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr McNicholl. This is an extremely sad case which Mr Werner will have to live with for the rest of his life.”
Two of his former teachers at St Mary’s School in Holyhead, paid tribute to Mr McNicholl who was described as a “very popular” young man.
Christine Hunt and Sheila Dunning, who both still teach at the town’s Catholic school, said: “We’ll remember him as very articulate and confident, who could turn his hand to anything really.
“He was extremely well liked and knew he would go far in whatever field he chose.”
Mrs Dunning, added: “I hadn’t seen him for a few years until Christmas when he approached me and introduced himself, but I knew exactly who he was.
“Its a terrible shame, I’d just like to express my sympathy with his family, who are well known in the area and work very closely with the school and church.”
In a statement released by Mr McNicholl’s family, he was described as “a kind and considerate man who was willing to go to great lengths for his friends and colleagues.”
It went on to say: “He was adored by his nieces and nephews.
“He was a radiographer at The Walton Hospital, a well-respected and integral member of the team. He enjoyed mountain biking, motorbikes and martial arts. He was a life-long Everton supporter and will be greatly missed by all.”
It’s unknown if Mr McNicholl had been travelling to or from Anglesey at the time of the accident.
Aidan Dominic McNicholl, 36, was killed in a crash on the A5 near Cerrigydrudion