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Trial on Exmouth moped death in spring

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

By Fran McElhone

THE cases of two men charged with causing the death of a young city moped rider will be heard at Exeter Crown Court this spring.

Jack Taylor, from Exmouth, a 25-year-old Royal Marine with 42 Commando based at Bickleigh Barracks near Plymouth, and David Marriott, 24, from Exmouth, both have a number of charges against them in connection with the death of Steven Davidson-Hackett.

The 20-year-old, from Wonford, was riding his moped home along Ludwell Lane in June after a shift at the Tesco superstore, when he was in collision with a Ford Transit van and died from his injuries.

Marriott is charged with aiding Taylor in causing the death of Mr Davidson-Hackett.

At the latest hearing at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Friday, January 18, Taylor and Marriott were committed to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Friday, March 8.

At a previous hearing in November, Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges of causing death by accident after unlawfully taking a van and, before it was recovered and owing to the driving of the vehicle, an accident occurred by which the death of Mr Davidson-Hackett was caused.

He also pleaded not guilty to the charge of using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving dangerously. A plea was not taken for the charge of driving with 111 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, exceeding the legal limit, and the charge of causing the death of Mr Davidson-Hackett by driving with no insurance, or failing to stop after an accident.

Police previously confirmed that the Transit van belonged to a fencing company and it is understood that Marriott was permitted to use it as a work vehicle.

Marriott previously pleaded not guilty to the charge of aiding Taylor in causing the death of Mr Davidson-Hackett, as he was driving a vehicle when there was no insurance cover in place.

No plea was entered for the following charges: Unlawfully taking a vehicle for the use of himself or another; aiding Jack Taylor to take a vehicle without the consent of the owner; permitting Jack Taylor to use a vehicle when there was no insurance in place; and aiding Jack Taylor to drive a vehicle when the amount of alcohol in Taylor's blood exceeded the prescribed limit.

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