Burglar who killed elderly cyclist while trying to flee from police jailed

Gary Lynch. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A burglar who killed a 75-year-old cyclist in Northamptonshire while trying to flee from police has been jailed.

Gary Lynch, 55, had been on a burgling spree in the south of the county and was driving a stolen Mitsubishi Shogun when he attempted to get away from police.

He drove at speeds of more than 80mph on April 11, going through red lights and ramming several police cars, before he reached Station Road in Isham near Kettering.

At that point, 75-year-old Arthur Bourlet was pushing his bicycle up the hill, and in an effort to escape, Lynch reversed the car at speed - hitting Arthur in the process.

The force of the crash left Arthur with serious injuries and he died a month later.

Lynch was subsequently arrested and charged with multiple offences, including causing death by dangerous driving.

He then refused to turn up to court for any of the hearings, and only showed his face for sentencing where he was jailed for 11 years for causing death by dangerous driving and 18 months for the two burglaries.

“Gary Lynch showed absolutely no regard for life on the morning of April 11 – he drove exceptionally dangerously, going the wrong way around roundabouts, running red lights, driving at multiple people who had to jump out of his way and ramming a number of police vehicles in an effort to escape facing his crimes," DC Ryan Smedley said.

“In one desperate attempt to escape, he hit Arthur who was simply out trying to enjoy some morning exercise, causing injuries that sadly led to his death.

“What adds insult to injury as well, is the lack of remorse Lynch has shown throughout this entire process - being abusive to any police officer he has come into contact with, refusing to turn up at his trial and not engaging with the court proceedings at all, until yesterday.

“Having spent time with Arthur’s family over the past few months, it is clear to see what a loved and well-regarded man he was and how much his family relied on him. Lynch has taken Arthur away from them and this has left a pain like no other.”