A police officer, who crashed into a cyclist while responding to emergency call, has escaped a jail sentence.
Southwark Crown Court heard that David Lynch, 31, had caused "catastrophic" injuries to promising singer-songwriter Joseph Belmonte, when he lost control of his patrol vehicle, while speeding over a hump-backed bridge in Hackney last year.
The 31-year-old from Hitchin in Hertfordshire has been handed an eight month suspended sentence after being found guilty of dangerous driving.
Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC said:
But the judge said that, while deciding upon the appropriate sentence, he had been influenced by the officer's remorse:
Lynch, who has since resigned from British Transport Police, was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service and subjected to a 7pm to 6am curfew for 12 weeks. He was also banned from driving for 15 months and ordered to pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs.