A MAN who was eating a sandwich when he knocked down and killed an Eynsham cyclist has been given a community order.

Paul Brown, 30, admitted causing the death of father of two Joe Wilkins by careless driving and was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court earlier today.

He was given a community order of 240 hours unpaid work to be completed within the next 12 months, a specified activity requirement of four sessions of restorative justice within 12 months and a supervision requirement lasting 12 months. He was also disqualified for driving for 12 months.

At an earlier trial, Brown, of Oxford Road in Eynsham, was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brown, a lock keeper, knocked over and killed Mr Wilkins, 39, a retained firefighter in Eynsham, at dusk on Eaton Road near Appleton on May 24 last year. Mr Wilkins had been cycling with a friend.