A DRIVER was fined after knocking a cyclist off his bike.
Huddersfield magistrates were told that 26-year-old Sheraz Hussain was driving a car along Halifax Old Road in Birkby on January 11.
But as he reached the junction with Birkby Hall Road he turned right into the path of the male cyclist, causing him to come off his bike.
Hussain claimed that he had been waiting to turn when the cyclist suddenly collided with him.
His lawyer, Andrew Sugden, told magistrates that he had been: “Mistaken, but honest in his recollection of what occurred.”
Hussain, of Clara Street, Hillhouse, was fined £330 for driving without due care and attention.
He also had his licence endorsed with five penalty points, making his current total 11.
Hussain is due back before the court on November 11 to stand trial for driving his car while using a mobile phone on November 25 last year.
He was originally found guilty of the offence by magistrates on September 2 in his absence.
But his solicitor said he had not been fit to attend court because of a hip replacement.
Magistrates agreed to set aside the sentence and re-list the case for trial.
But they warned him he faces losing his licence if he is convicted.