Woman who caused cyclist to fall into road can appeal manslaughter conviction

Auriol Grey arriving at court.
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Auriol Grey Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian who caused a cyclist to fall into the path of an oncoming car, can challenge her manslaughter conviction at the Court of Appeal.

CCTV footage showed Auriol Grey shout at retired midwife Celia Ward to “get off the f****** pavement” in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, causing her to fall into the road.

Grandmother Mrs Ward, 77, of Wyton, Cambridgeshire, died after she was struck by a car in the incident in October 2020.

Grey, who has cerebral palsy and partial blindness, denied manslaughter but was found guilty after a retrial and was jailed for three years in March 2023.

But at a hearing on Tuesday, three judges at the Court of Appeal gave Grey the go-ahead to challenge her conviction.

The court in London heard the now 50-year-old was charged with unlawful act manslaughter – which requires an unlawful action to take place that caused death.

Auriol Grey could be seen gesturing, before Celia Ward fell into the road. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

However, her lawyers told appeal judges that no such action was considered by the jury at Grey’s trial.

Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Mrs Justice Yip and Mr Justice Calver, said Grey’s appeal could be heard.

The full appeal is now expected to be heard in May, with Grey also able to make a bid for bail.

The ruling comes after Grey’s Court of Appeal bid to reduce her sentence was rejected by different judges last May.

Celia Ward with her husband David, who said he missed her "terribly". Credit: Family photo

Miranda Moore KC, previously representing Grey, argued the sentence was "excessive" and that an autism diagnosis secured after her trial may have made a difference in her case.

But Mr Justice Griffiths, sitting with Lord Justice William Davis and Judge Neil Flewitt, refused the green light for her to appeal against her sentence, concluding it was "not arguably manifestly excessive."

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