Developer found guilty of causing Gumball rally deaths

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Cheshire property developer Nicholas Morley has been found guilty by a Macedonian court of causing the death of an elderly couple at the Gumball rally last month.

Morley, 30, was handed down a two-year suspended sentence today by the court. He was released from custody and is now free to leave the country.

He was arrested in last month after an elderly couple, Vladimir and Margica Cepunjovski, died as a result of the accident near the Macedonian-Albanian border. He was charged with causing a traffic accident and abandoning an accident victim.

Morley, who had been driving a Porsche 911, had denied the charges.

Morley’s co-driver, Matthew McConvile, was arrested after the accident but was later released and charges against him were dropped. McConvile is property director at Morley Estates.

‘We are grateful for the court's decision,’ Morley's mother told reporters afterwards. ‘We had hoped for a fair trial. My son has suffered a lot and we are deeply sorry for the loss of two lives.’

A lawyer representing the Cepunjovski family has dropped plans to pursue a civil claim for compensation of €79150.

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