A MAN who has admitted causing a musician's death by careless driving may have blacked out in the moments leading up to the crash, a court heard.

Bandile Xozumti, 41, was behind the wheel of his Nissan Qashqai when it left the road and struck the smoking area of the Spinnaker pub, in Hythe Quay, Colchester.

Stuart McClung, 36, a popular and talented musician, was pronounced dead at the scene, while three others received serious injuries.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Xozumti, of Waterside Lane, Colchester, admitted causing death by careless driving.

The court heard he was travelling around 10mph over the speed limit when the crash happened.

Philippa Beswick, representing Xozumti, said he “could not explain” the crash and added “he effectively blacked out.”

“He suffers from Type 2 diabetes, that is the reason why were looking at the issue of glucose,” she said.

Turning to footage of the crash, which took place in November 2019, she said: “The direction of travel of Mr Xozumti’s car is quite clear, it comes around the corner and carries straight on.

“There’s seemingly no loss of control of the vehicle, there’s no cars coming towards him which could have potentially blinded him with their full beam lights on – nothing of that nature.”

Judge David Turner QC imposed an interim driving ban until a sentencing hearing on Thursday, June 17 at the same court.

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