Trib­utes pour in for ‘adored’ biker Ai­dan

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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

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