Former soccer star admits killing biker

A MANCHESTER City FC coach and former Premier League footballer walked free from court after admitting killing a motorcyclist from St Leonards when he fell asleep at the wheel.

Scott Sellars, who played for Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton, was driving home from working at Manchester City, where he is coach of the under 18s team, when he was in collision with Simon Burnett.

Nottingham Crown Court heard last Friday how the 47-year-old had earlier that day got off an overnight flight from Dubai to Manchester Airport and gone straight to work around 7.30am on April 11, 2011.

After lunch he drove his BMW sports car to his home in north Derbyshire and stopped for a coffee on the way.

But at around 2.30pm he fell asleep at the wheel on the A6 at Furness Vale, Derbyshire.

He collided head-on with Mr Burnett, a father-of-two, who was riding his Yamaha motorbike home after working his shift at Buxton Water bottling plant.

Mr Burnett, 47, was airlifted to hospital but died from his injuries later that day.

Originally from Hollington, he had moved to Holmfirth in Yorkshire around 12 years ago to find a new life with his wife Jan. Around 2007 the couple moved to a farm at Birch Vale, north Derbyshire.

Sellars pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He was handed a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He was also banned from driving for two years.

Mr Burnett’s eldest daughter Katie Burnett, 24, of Little Ridge Avenue, said: “This man has taken away my father and walked free from court.

“We wrote to the judge telling him we wanted a prison sentence.

“So he ends up walking free from court. It’s just not fair - where is the justice in that?”