Carole Malone was reeling with shock this morning after a cyclist campaigner branded the sentence handed to Charlie Alliston as "excessive."
Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists, had been brought onto the Paul Ross Full Set Breakfast to discuss the 18-year-old cyclist, who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old pedestrian in east London.
Alliston, travelling on a fixed-wheel bike with no front brake, crashed into Kim Briggs in February of 2016, leaving the mum of two with serious head injuries which she later succumbed to in hospital.
Alliston was cleared of her manslaughter and was handed an 18-month jail term in a young offenders institution on Tuesday following a conviction of committing bodily harm by "wanton or furious driving".
In his opening remarks, McCarthy said that while sad, these type of incidents are very rare. Around 3 people a year are killed by cyclists, 500 – 550 by cars.
"We’d like the government to take action on all danger where the real danger, i.e people being killed by cars and vehicles."
Carole questioned him on this, pointing out Alliston's bike didn't have a front brake, and asked if he'd agree "the sentence metered out to Charlie Allison wasn’t exactly fair to Kim Briggs and her family?"
McCarthy responded to say it was “excessive”, and how “around six months would have been the appropriate sentence.”
This left Carole stunned, and a clash about the conduct of cyclists on the roads soon followed.