Jury out in Pontypool cyclist death trial
Updated 5:41pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 in Pontypool news
THE jury in the trial of two men and a woman accused of causing the death of a Pontnewynydd man were sent out to consider their verdicts today.
John Reeder, 63, was knocked from his bicycle in the early hours of August 7 on the A4043 in Pontnewynydd and later died from severe head injuries.
Kieran Allcock, 18, of no fixed address, Andrew Vass, 26, of Upland Drive, Trevethin, and Deon Morgan, 20, of no fixed address, each deny a charge of manslaughter.
They are accused of a “joint enterprise” meaning they allegedly acted together in the crime.
A fourth defendant, Casey Coslett, 19, has already admitted manslaughter.
When Mr Reeder was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital after the incident, a CT scan showed substantial bleeding and multiple fractures to his skull, causing severe brain damage.
A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head consistent with falling from a bike.
The court previously heard he had told police although Mr Reeder tried swerving away from Coslett, Coslett managed to jump in front of the bike and “shoulder barged” Mr Reeder, causing him to “go flying down the road”.