Man, 54, denies causing death of well-known Melton photographer by careless driving

Well-known Melton photographer Stuart Payne who died at the scene of the collision on the B6047 Dalby Road on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Well-known Melton photographer Stuart Payne who died at the scene of the collision on the B6047 Dalby Road on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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A man has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a Melton cyclist by careless driving last year on the B6047 Dalby Road.

Mark Gilbert (54), of Blackberry Close, Kettering, denied causing the death of well-known Melton photographer Stuart Payne during a short hearing at Leicester Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Payne (66), of Dovedale Close was riding his bike on Sunday, July 20, 2014, when he was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist. He died at the scene.

Speaking to the Melton Times after his death, Mr Payne’s loving wife of 43 years, Margaret, described him as ‘the most loving and kind husband and father.’

Mr Payne’s career in photography spanned 50 years, covering thousands of weddings over that time as well as covering many other special events.

He was well-known around Leicestershire for taking photographs of play groups around Christmas time.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Les, who was also a wedding photographer in Melton, after he finished school Stuart did an apprenticeship with Duncan’s photo studio in Sherrard Street for about five years before going to work at Lewis Cameras in King Street. He later became fully self-employed.

When the charge was read out to him in court Mr Gilbert, who appeared in the dock with his right arm in a sling, said the registration number given of the Kawasaki bike was wrong.

The court was also told that Mr Gilbert had suffered ‘extremely serious’ injuries and was receiving ongoing treatment.

Adjourning the case until February 5 for a directions hearing, judge Simon Hammond said it was ‘a terribly sad case’.

Mr Gilbert’s attendance in court on February 5 was excused.

He is expected to stand trial in May.