Jake Taylor secures acquittal in first private prosecution for dangerous driving brought by ‘the Cycling Silk’

10.03.16 | |

Aslan Kayardi, a former driving instructor was acquitted yesterday of dangerous driving following a three-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court. He was accused of overtaking a cyclist, Martin Porter QC whilst travelling at more than 50mph in a 30mph zone and coming within an “arm’s-length” of the bicycle. The incident was recorded on a handlebar-mounted video camera and subsequently analysed by an expert.


Martin Porter QC, a senior barrister, who also blogs and campaigns under the name ‘the Cycling Silk’ initiated the private prosecution after the Metropolitan police refused to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service.


The jury returned after 20 minutes of deliberation and acquitted Mr. Kayardi.


Jake Taylor was instructed by Vanetha Armon of HAL Solicitors.


This is thought to be the first private prosecution of its kind and was covered in the media. for further information please see:

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