A MAN has appeared in court after a father-of-four died in a crash on the A31 in East Dorset earlier this year.

Wayne McKay, of Westminster Road in Branksome Park, is charged with causing the death of Andrew Mann by driving a Citroen Relay dropside lorry without due care and attention on April 30.

Mr Mann, who was 40, was riding his green Kawasaki motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a dropside lorry and a white Ford Transit panel van outside the Henbury Stud Farm near Sturminster Marshall.

Police and paramedics rushed to the road, but Mr Mann died at the scene.

No one else was seriously hurt in the collision.

McKay, 41, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court on Friday.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charge against him and was remanded on unconditional bail ahead of a further appearance in September.

A man was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice following the crash. He was not charged and will face no further police action.