Woman goes on trial at Old Bailey in Britain's first-ever crowdfunded private prosecution

Woman goes on trial at the Old Bailey in first crowdfunded private prosecution in British legal history

Gail Purcell is to go on trial over the death of cyclist Mick Mason at the Old Bailey in April

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A female motorist has appeared at the Old Bailey in the opening stages of the first-ever crowdfunded private prosecution in British legal history.

Gail Purcell, 59, denied a charge of death by dangerous driving relating to an alleged incident which took place on Regent Street in 2014. #

Seventy-year-old cyclist Mick Mason suffered a castastrophic brain injury after allegedly being hit from behind by Purcell's car. He later died from his injuries after being taken off life support.

Following the incident, the Metropolitan Police decided not to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service, so Mason's family decided to pursue a private prosecution. 

As part of this initiative, a Justgiving page was set up to raise money for the legal costs by the charity Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF), and has now received more than £60,000 in donations. 

The judge set the trial for April 3rd.