Burglar who killed 75-year-old cyclist is jailed
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A burglar who killed a 75-year-old cyclist while trying to evade police officers has been jailed for 12 years and six months.
Gary Lynch, 55, of No Fixed Abode, had been on a burglary spree in south Northamptonshire and was driving a stolen Mitsubishi Shogun when police officers caught up with him on the morning of Thursday, April 11.
But instead of stopping, Lynch drove off, embarking on a journey that would have devastating consequences.
Reaching speeds of up to 80mph, going through red lights, and driving in a manner described by Prosecutor Derek Johashen as ‘extremely dangerous’, Lynch rammed a number of police vehicles in an effort to escape, damaging one of them so badly it had to be written off.
The pursuit, which started in Orlingbury, continued into Station Road, Isham, where keen cyclist, 75-year-old Arthur Bourlet, was pushing his bicycle up the hill.
Desperate to escape from police officers who were closing in on him, Lynch reversed the stolen car at speed, hitting Arthur in the process.
Arthur was seriously injured as a result of the collision and died on Friday, May 3, with Lynch arrested and charged with multiple offences including causing death by dangerous driving.
Lynch, who had refused to turn up and take part in the court process from the very beginning, graced the court with his presence yesterday, Tuesday, September 10, and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, two burglaries and driving whilst disqualified.
He was sentenced to 11 years for causing death by dangerous driving and 18 months for the two burglaries which are to run consecutively – meaning he has been jailed for a total of 12 years and six months.
DC Ryan Smedley who led the investigation, said: “Gary Lynch showed absolutely no regard for life on the morning of April 11 – he drove exceptionally dangerously, going the wrong way around roundabouts, running red lights, driving at multiple people who had to jump out of his way and ramming a number of police vehicles in an effort to escape facing his crimes.
“In one desperate attempt to escape, he hit Arthur who was simply out trying to enjoy some morning exercise, causing injuries that sadly led to his death.
“What adds insult to injury as well, is the lack of remorse Lynch has shown throughout this entire process - being abusive to any police officer he has come into contact with, refusing to turn up at his trial and not engaging with the court proceedings at all, until yesterday.
“Having spent time with Arthur’s family over the past few months, it is clear to see what a loved and well-regarded man he was and how much his family relied on him. Lynch has taken Arthur away from them and this has left a pain like no other.”