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Bristol teenager who put a push bike in the path of a motorcyclist jailed for his death

Michael Rice died in Hartcliffe in April. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A teenager who put a push-bike in the path of a motorcyclist has been jailed over his death.

The 16-year-old boy was sentenced to three years and two months for killing 20-year-old Michael Rice.

The teenager, who can't be named because of his age, admitted manslaughter at Bristol Crown court.

The court heard how the teen dragged a yellow bike into the path of Mr Rice who clipped the bike and crashed. The tragedy happened in Hartcliffe in April.

CCTV showed a young man in a grey hooded top dragging a yellow bicycle into the path of the motorbike. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The jury were told that at the time Mr Rice was driving a stolen motorbike at more than 50mph along a road with a speed limit of 20mph and 'pulling wheelies'.

Bristol Crown court heard how the then 15-year-old dragged a bike into his path.

Adam Vaitilingam QC, prosecuting, said a crowd of young people gathered to watch him and there was talk of putting things in the road.

CCTV showed a young man in a grey hooded top dragging a yellow bicycle into the path of the motorbike.

An investigator explained that Mr Rice had no time to react and lost control after clipping the bicycle.

Mr Rice, who was not wearing a helmet, collided with a parked van and died.

The suspect, who was then aged 15, was identified by a local police constable from the CCTV footage.

An investigator explained that Michael had no time to react and lost control after clipping the bicycle. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Mr Rice's mother Donna Rice said:

My blue-eyed boy, Mike was a caring and loving son, brother, grandson and friend. He had a heart of gold. He would help anyone. He loved his motorbikes from a young age. Mike wasn't a saint, he made some bad choices, but he didn't deserve to lose his life at such a young age. He had such a bright future ahead of him.

Our family has been ripped apart. It's imprinted on my mind and will affect me for the rest of my life. I'm so devastated that I will never get to see my son marry and have children.

His little sister Porsha has a teddy bear and she named it Mike and sprayed the teddy with Hugo Boss, Mike's favourite aftershave. Sophie, Mike's girlfriend, has been by my side since Mike left us, we support each other every day.

– Donna Rice