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Cyclist accused of killing pedestrian appears in court

Ermir Loka faces charges including manslaughter in relation to the death last month of Peter McCombie

A cyclist accused of killing a pedestrian in east London last month has appeared in court, with the judge saying that the case may not go to trial for more than a year due to delays brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ermir Loka, aged 22 and from Waltham Forest, is charged with manslaughter and causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving in connection with the death of 72-year-old Peter McCombie.

The incident, on 3 July, happened on Bow Road in Tower Hamlets as Mr McCombie walked home from his job as an HR administrator at the Royal London Hospital, reports the Evening Standard.

He died in hospital from serious head injuries eight days later.

Loka, accompanied by an Albanian interpreter, appeared today for a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey but did not enter a plea.

Prosecuting, Deanna Heer said: “The defendant is charged with manslaughter and causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving.

“The allegation is that on July 3 when he was riding his bicycle he collided with and killed a pedestrian, Mr McCombie, who was 72 years old at the time.”

A provisional trial date of 4 October 2021 was set by Judge Sarah Munro QC, although she said that it could be brought forward if the current backlog of cases eased.

Loka has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear in court on 27 October for a hearing to enter his pleas to both charges.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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