Cyclist who hit young girl is jailed for a year

A Bournemouth cyclist who knocked down a young girl has been sent to jail for 12 months.

On 25th November 2013 at Bournemouth Crown Court, Philip Douglas Benwell, who is 38-years-old, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard evidence that Benwell rode through a red light and hit a nine-year-old girl on 26th July 2013 along Pinecliff Road by the entrance to Branksome Beach.

He then picked up his bike and left the scene.

The pedestrian suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

Philip Douglas Benwell has been sent to jail for 1 year for GBH Credit: Dorset Police