Mum is stunned by killer driver’s cheek

Man jailed for daugh­ter’s death fails in li­cence bid

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Gra­ham Miller

An Air­drie woman has slammed a failed at­tempt by the hit- and- run driver who killed her teenage daugh­ter to get his li­cence back early.

Jane Pater­son’s beloved daugh­ter Elaine was just 18 when she was mown down by Felix McKe­own in Novem­ber 2005 on Dyke­head Road, Plains.

McKe­own, who had no li­cence or in­surance at the time of the hor­ror smash, cal­lously raced off from the scene in a BMW “like a bat out of hell”, leav­ing Elaine dy­ing in the road.

The killer then tried to save his own skin by aban­don­ing his high­per­for­mance car and re­port­ing it stolen to po­lice.

In an at­tempt to per­fect his al­ibi, McKe­own phoned a friend to col­lect him and then non­cha­lantly vis­ited car show­rooms as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

He was jailed for eight years and three months in 2007 and banned from the road for 15 years. But he is now out of jail and in work.

McKe­own, who lives in Coat­bridge, launched a le­gal bid to get his li­cence back – say­ing he felt “awk­ward” in his job be­cause he can’t drive.

But at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh last week, judge Lord Beck­ett threw out the case.

He told McKe­own: “I’m told you’re not go­ing to lose your job from be­ing un­able to drive.

“It makes you feel awk­ward and may hold you back from pro­mo­tion.

“I don’t find that a pow­er­ful ar­gu­ment.”

Car fa­natic McKe­own’s re­quest to have his li­cence back was all the more out­ra­geous as he had been caught breach­ing his driv­ing ban by get­ting be­hind the wheel of a Porsche while he was on prison leave just three years af­ter he was jailed.

He had been on home leave from cushy Cas­tle Huntly open prison near Dundee in Oc­to­ber 2010 when he was caught at the wheel of the pow­er­ful ve­hi­cle.

He was sen­tenced to an ex­tra year in jail.

The tragic teenager’s mum Jane, 66, told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I’m pleased he’s not get­ting his li­cence back and that the judge saw sense.

“It was an ar­ro­gant thing to try in the first place.

“Find­ing it ‘awk­ward’ not hav­ing a li­cence is not a good ex­cuse.

“I think he would be a danger to other peo­ple while driv­ing.

“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about Elaine and ev­ery­thing she’s missed out on. I could have had grand­kids by now.”

Lov­ing fam­ily Jane with Elaine and son Stu­art Tragic loss Elaine Pater­son

Cal­lous killer Felix McKe­own

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