Woman admits causing death of bright 21-year-old man by careless driving

PUBLISHED: 08:33 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 24 November 2017

Lucy Barham at Norwich Crown Court, who pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, killing Christopher Fuller. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Lucy Barham at Norwich Crown Court, who pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, killing Christopher Fuller. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Archant, Norfolk 2017

A woman motorist has been warned she could face jail after she admitted causing the death of “bright and fun-loving” 21 year-old Christopher Fuller in a crash near Downham Market.

Christopher Fuller with sister Sheryl Fuller and brother James Fuller. Picture: David FullerChristopher Fuller with sister Sheryl Fuller and brother James Fuller. Picture: David Fuller

Lucy Barham killed Mr Fuller on the A1122 Swaffham Road at Fincham, on September 8, last year.

Barham, 34, of Russell Close, Downham Market, had initially been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, to which she had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing, and was due to stand trial on December 13, at Norwich Crown Court.

However at a further hearing at the crown court, Barham admitted an alternative charge of causing the death of Mr Fuller by careless driving,

Stephen Spence, prosecuting, said that after having fully considered the matter, the plea was acceptable to the prosecution as he said the crown could not rule out a non-medical cause.

Christopher Fuller died aged 21 in a car accident in Fincham. Picture: Courtesy of David FullerChristopher Fuller died aged 21 in a car accident in Fincham. Picture: Courtesy of David Fuller

John Farmer, for Barham, said that reports would be necessary in this case and told the court that Barham was no longer driving as she had already surrendered her driving licence.

Judge Katharine Moore adjourned the case for sentencing until January 9, next year, but warned Barham that all sentencing options would be open at the sentencing hearing.

“All options remain open. This is a most serious matter.”

She granted Barham bail on condition she co-operate with the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

Mr Fuller’s grieving family, who were in court to see Barham plead guilty, have spoken in the past about the nightmare they have been through since his death.

Mr Fuller’s family described Christopher as a bright and fun loving young man whose cars were his “pride and joy” and who was passionate about driving and was hoping to become a lorry driver.

They also described how he had a wicked sense of humour and always had a big smile on his face.

His brother said that the death of Christopher had made him realise that life was too short to waste and described how the family had lost a “good and decent human being.”

Mr Fuller has left behind his parents Shirley and David Fuller and siblings James Fuller, Jada Mystic, Melissa Fuller and Sheryl Fuller.

The family have been given support coping with their grief by the RoadPeace charity,

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