Farmer denies causing hay bale death in Sidlesham

A TRACTOR driver has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a welder in Sidlesham.

Gary Gosnell, 27, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after being charged with six driving offences, including causing death by driving a tractor without due care and attention.

Seventy-year-old Mick Daish, from Portsmouth, was on his way to work when large bales of hay fell on to his red Alfa Romeo from a trailer that was being towed by a tractor and he was killed instantly.

The incident happened in Street End Road, Sidlesham, shortly after 7am on September 28, 2012 and the tractor was travelling in the opposite direction to the Alfa Romeo.

Gosnell, of Blackberry Lane, Selsey, pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at the court hearing.

Other charges included driving a tractor that had faulty brakes and a trailer that had a corroded tow-hitch arm.

The court was told he had been hired to drive the tractor by Ashley Michael Strange. The 28-year-old, of Hundredsteddle Lane, Birdham, is accused of eight charges.

They include failing to ensure a tachograph was installed in the tractor, not having an operator’s licence, defective brakes and corroded equipment. His case will be dealt with as a separate matter.

Gosnell’s case was referred to Chichester Crown Court for trial. He was given unconditional bail and will appear at court again on June 20 for a preliminary hearing.