‘Dangerous’ biker has ban reduced

A MOTORCYCLIST involved in a fatal crash has had his driving ban reduced on appeal.

Paul Backhouse, 50, of Doncaster, was one of four motorcyclists convicted by a jury of dangerous driving by doing “wheelies” shortly before the fifth member of their group lost control and crashed, receiving fatal injuries.

He received 39 weeks jail suspended for two years and a four year driving ban at York Crown Court in January 2009 following the crash near Selby over four years ago.

On Friday, Backhouse, of Thorpe Lane, appeared at York Crown Court asking for a reduction in his ban.

The court heard that since the disqualification, Backhouse’s marriage and his newsagents business had suffered because of his inability to drive.

The court heard that he and his wife had separated and he had to rely on a friend to take him to the cash and carry and could no longer make personal deliveries to his elderly customers.

Judge Stephen Ashurst, who had passed the original sentence, ruled the ban - due to run out in December 2012 - could finish this December.