Driver faces magistrates after man dies in Weston town centre alleyway

Syful Alom

Syful Alom - Credit: Archant

A DELIVERY driver has been accused of causing the death of a 31-year-old man after he was allegedly involved in a collision in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Benjamin Newson, aged 42, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Tuesday after he was charged with causing the death of Syful Alom on February 18.

Mr Alom died in a narrow alleyway known as Cambridge Place, which links North Street and High Street. He was treated by paramedics and members of the public but died at the scene.

The cause of his death has yet to be established, but prosecutors allege he was hurt in a collision with a Mercedes van being driven by Newson.

Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, said: “It was dry and still light (on the day when the incident occurred) and visibility was good.


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“Mr Alom was walking along North Street and turned left into Cambridge Place. He was struck by a vehicle and received assistance from members of the public and paramedics, but died as a result of his injuries.”

That version of events is disputed by Newson, who has yet to enter a plea in response to the charge.

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He was arrested on the day after Mr Alom’s death after two police constables spotted a van matching the description of one seen in the area of the incident being driven along the A370.

Mr Alom was originally from Bangladesh, but had been living in Banwell and working in Weston after moving to the area from London five years ago.

At the time of his death, his family paid tribute to him and said he was a ‘good man’ who ‘would not be looking for any trouble’.

Newson, who was charged with causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving, was ordered by a magistrate to attend a preliminary trial hearing at Bristol Crown Court on November 19.

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