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Accused fails to get trial moved.

A DRIVER charged with causing death by dangerous driving has failed in his bid to get his trial moved from Caernarfon Crown Court.

Jamie Wyn Williams, 18, of Toronen, Bangor, is due to go on trial on November 20 charged with causing the death of a young footballer.

Tomos Wyn Roberts, 22, (inset) died after being struck by a car near a petrol station in Glanhwfa Road, Llangefni, last November. Williams has pleaded not guilty and his barrister Ian Metcalfe asked Judge Merfyn Hughes QC to switch the case to Mold Crown Court because of the strength of feeling locally.

He said that the jury would be drawn from the area where the deceased was clearly a popular young man. But the judge, sitting at Mold, rejected the application and said that he would ensure that a fair trial was held.

A second defendant, Daniel Owen, 22, formerly of Ty Croes, Anglesey, but now of Abercarn, Gwent, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving and will be sentenced at the end of the trial.

Tomos, who worked at the Rehau plant in Amlwch, is believed to have been walking home after a night out when the fatal incident happened.

He played for Gaerwen FC in the Welsh Alliance and his teammates described him as a "first class footballer and a really good lad".

Soon after the incident around 100 of his friends walked in his memory from The Market pub in the centre of Llangefni to the spot where he died. More than 600 people also turned out to support a memorial football match.
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Date:Nov 5, 2012
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