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Man guilty of causing death by careless driving

News   •   Apr 10, 2018 11:39 BST

Michael Sunnooman

A man has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving following a collision in Balham in 2016.

Michael Sunnooman, 52 (07.08.65) of Deal Road, Merton, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 9 April.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 13 April.

The court heard how at 22:18hrs on 13 September 2016, a car collided with a pedestrian on Bedford Hill near the junction with Balham Station Road, SW12. The car failed to stop at the scene.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene.

The pedestrian, 64-year-old David Batcup, died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination, carried out at St George's Hospital mortuary on 19 September 2016 gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.

Sunnooman's car - a white Porsche 911 - was found by police abandoned a number of streets away.

Sunnooman attended a south London police station a short while later and he was arrested and subsequently charged.

DC Liam Kerrigan, from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "This incident highlights just how severe the consequences of driving without due care and attention can be.

"Sunnooman's lapse in concentration sadly cost a man his life, and has caused his family immense pain."