Man 'very sorry' as he admits causing death of biker by careless driving

Noel Bassam, 35, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court after being charged with causing death by careless driving.

Noel Bassam has admitted causing death by careless driving - Credit: Peter Walsh, Archant Norfolk

A man has admitted causing the death of a Harley Davidson motorcyclist following a crash in Norfolk.

Noel Bassam, 35, of Orchard Way, Banham had been charged with causing death by careless driving.

It came after Peter Charlebois, 66, was killed when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a van on the B1113 New Buckenham Road, near Banham on June 20 last year.

New Buckenham Road, near Banham. Picture: Archant

New Buckenham Road, near Banham. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Bassam appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (June 7) when he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Paul Rogers, representing Bassam, who has learning difficulties and was visibly upset in court, said his client was "under no illusions" and "offered his apologies, his remorse and sorrow at what he has caused".

Mr Rogers said Bassam was "very sorry for his actions and the death that arose".

Judge Andrew Shaw adjourned sentence until Friday, July 15 so reports can be carried out but warned Bassam that all options, including immediate custody, were open.

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Mr Charlebois was born in Montreal but later went to live in Roydon Fen, Roydon, near Diss.

He was a professional musician and has a son called Jesse.

Members of Mr Charlebois' family appeared in court on Tuesday (June 7) via a link.

An inquest opened into his death in August 2020 heard Mr Charlebois' cause of death multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic collision.