21 November 1997

Farmer jailed in dangerous driving case

ESSEX farmer John Wilsdon, who drove his crop sprayer along a country road at night without lights, has been jailed for a year after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Wilsdon, Great Totham, was also disqualified from driving for five years by the judge at Chelmsford Crown Court. The case involved the death in February of a man travelling in a car that crashed after having to swerve suddenly to miss the unlit sprayer.

Judge Brian Watling QC said: "It must be understood by farmers and people who drive large, slow moving vehicles about the roads that they must comply with the road traffic laws. If they dont and innocent members of the public lose their lives, they will go to prison."