Lorry driver found guilty of causing death of former pub landlord

William Galbraith
William Galbraith

A lorry driver who used his mobile phone while behind the wheel has been sent to prison for five-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

William Galbraith, 48, was driving on the A45 near Great Doddington on December 2, 2010, when he hit Robert Knight’s stationary Suzuki Jimny.

Mr Knight, 77, a former landlord of The Nags Head pub in Wollaston, was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses told a jury at Northampton Crown Court this week that Galbraith made little attempt to brake or avoid the car and his mobile phone records showed he had sent and received text messages in the minutes before the crash.

And today jurors returned with a unanimous guilty verdict.

Judge Richard Bray also banned Galbraith from driving for six years.

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