Waster faces jail for knock­ing down boy, 4

Daily Record - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE GALL c.gall@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

A DRIVER has ad­mit­ted knock­ing down a lit­tle boy and flee­ing the scene. John Macdon­ald, whose Face­book page pro­motes the ben­e­fits of cannabis, left the four-year-old with se­ri­ous in­juries. A sher­iff warned him that he is fac­ing jail. But ac­cord­ing to the child’s mother, no sen­tence will be enough for what Macdon­ald did to her boy. She said: “He could have killed my son. They can throw away the key as far as I’m con­cerned.” Macdon­ald, 34, ad­mit­ted care­less driv­ing and hit­ting the child, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, in In­ver­ness in July. He also pled guilty to fail­ing to stop af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

In­ver­ness sher­iff Gor­don Fleet­wood told him: “Driv­ing away and leav­ing a four-year-old boy ly­ing on the street may re­sult in a cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

Macdon­ald will be sen­tenced next month.

The boy was cross­ing the street to join his broth­ers and their pals play­ing foot­ball in Bught Park when Macdon­ald, of In­ver­ness, hit him.

Wit­nesses said the vic­tim was thrown into the air and landed about 10 yards away.

The boy was flown by he­li­copter to Aberdeen Royal Hospi­tal for emer­gency surgery. He was only dis­charged a few weeks ago and still faces months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

His mum said she can­not get over Macdon­ald’s ac­tions.

She added: “What kind of hu­man be­ing leaves a wee kid af­ter hit­ting him with a car? You wouldn’t even do that with a dog.

“My boy needed 36 stitches down the side of his head where he struck the road af­ter be­ing flung in the air. His skull was show­ing.

“He’s only just got rid of the stitches and now he try­ing to walk again. He’s got a wee Zim­mer in the house and needs a wheel­chair to go out­side.

“I can’t put into words how I feel about Macdon­ald. I hope we get jus­tice.”

SMOKED OUT Im­ages posted on Macdon­ald’s Face­book page WEED FAN Macdon­ald’s pot Im­ages EMER­GENCY He­li­copter ar­rives to take the boy to hospi­tal in Aberdeen NO HEART Macdon­ald drove off as the boy lay in agony in the road. The vic­tim needed 36 stitches

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