Man’s four-letter rant at ex­am­iner af­ter driv­ing test

Court hears of ver­bal abuse

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Char­lotte Jor­dan cjor­dan@ajl.co.uk

A MAN launched a foul­mouthed tirade at his driv­ing in­struc­tor af­ter fail­ing his test.

Stu­art Low ad­mit­ted shout­ing and swearing at the ex­am­iner once his test ended with a fail.

Low launched a scathing at­tack on the in­struc­tor over the High­way Code, in­sist­ing he should have passed the test, held at the Bridge of Don cen­tre in Novem­ber last year.

Fis­cal de­pute Kelly Mitchell told Aberdeen Jus­tice of the Peace Court the 42-year-old was not happy when he heard the news and said “get out of my car” and called the ex­am­iner a deroga­tory name.

“The ac­cused con­tin­ued to shout and swear us­ing the F-word con­tin­u­ally,” she said.

He then left, the fis­cal de­pute added, at which point the po­lice were con­tacted.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Chris Maitland said Low’s be­hav­iour had been un­ac­cept­able.

He apol­o­gised for the way he had re­acted but Mr Maitland said there had been an ar­gu­ment about whether he should or should not have passed his test.

Low claimed he had in­formed the ex­am­iner about a pre­vi­ous road traf­fic sen­tence he had re­ceived.

He be­lieved the in­struc­tor’s attitude changed at that stage and Low dis­puted the terms for his fail­ure.

“Then there was an ar­gu­ment about what was in the High­way Code,” Mr Maitland said.

“That was the cause of this ar­gu­ment. He has lost his tem­per.”

Low said he re­gret­ted the way he acted and apol­o­gised.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Novem­ber 12 last year at Bal­go­wnie Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

Low was charged with be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner, shout­ing, swearing and acting ag­gres­sively.

Jus­tice of the Peace Martin Mor­ley or­dered Low, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as 29 Mar­quis Road, Aberdeen, to pay a fine of £80.

As Low was leav­ing the dock he said: “For what it’s worth your hon­our I passed my test next time round.”

AR­GU­MENT: Stu­art Low ad­mit­ted the charge in court. AN­GRY: Stu­art Low dis­puted the ex­am­iner’s rea­sons for giv­ing him a fail af­ter the driv­ing test.

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