A MONKEN Hadley man will stand trial in Crown Court after being accused of causing the death of a cyclist in south London last year.

Dennis Putz, of Mill Corner, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court today charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention of City worker Catriona Patel.

The 39-year-old died when she was knocked from her bike by his lorry as she rode through rush-hour traffic in Kennington last July.

Ms Patel was a keen cyclist, who was in training to take part in L'Etap de Tour, where amateur cyclists get to follow the professional riders on a stage of the Tour de France.

Her husband Anish paid tribute to her at the time saying: “Cat was a strong cyclist who would think nothing of a 100-mile ride up and down mountains, always with a smile.

“All her family and friends are devastated by her death but feel proud and lucky to have known her.

"Everyone that knew Cat will remember her for her quiet confidence, warmth, love and loyalty."

Mr Putz, 51, was given unconditional bail and committed to appear at Inner London Crown Court on March 6.