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A mini bus driver who killed a motorcyclist has been handed 150 hours of community service.

James McEwan, 31, from Sidcup in Essex, also received a three year driving ban and was ordered to pay £205 in costs and victim surcharges.

McEwan jumped a 'Give Way' sign on September 22, 2013, colliding with William Black on Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, throwing him from his motorcycle. Mr Black was just 22-years-old when McEwan hit him.

The father-of-three admitted to causing death by careless driving at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Collette Orton, prosecuting, told the court McEwan had pulled out without checking for oncoming vehicles when he missed the give way sign.

"Mr McEwan struck the near side of Mr Black's motorcycle," said Ms Orton, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

"His helmet came off as he was thrown clear of the motorcycle and hit a brick wall."

Kevin Goode, defending, said McEwan had admitted his guilt to police at Bournville Lane police station on the day of the accident, stating: "He can only again express his condolences and apologies to Mr Black's family.

"It was a moment of inattention.

"He must, and will, live with the consequences for the rest of his life."

Magistrates told McEwan that a community sentence had been recommended in a probation report.

The court also heard a statement from Black's family, which said: "We are all devastated by this accident.

"We hope the gentleman before you today gets a reasonable sentence."

The statement added that the incident had left Black's mother heartbroken: "Her life has been ruined, she has nothing to live for anymore."

Author: Rebecca Chaplin