Ac­cused ini­tially de­nied over­tak­ing

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Mr Mcs­por­ran out­lined how Pirie’s ac­tions dur­ing his dash from Scone to Coupar An­gus caused the tragedy.

He told the court Pirie ap­peared “worked up” as he spoke on his mo­bile phone.

He added: “Text mes­sages were also ex­changed be­tween the cou­ple – the vast ma­jor­ity sent by him.

“The ac­cused was us­ing his mo­bile phone for that pur­pose, from which it ap­pears that he was of the view that she was clearly ig­nor­ing him and then that he sus­pected her of be­ing un­faith­ful to him.

“He was clearly un­happy with her. “He con­tin­ued to send and read images and text mes­sages af­ter driv­ing away from his place of work – he had not been sched­uled to leave work so early.

“It is clear from the num­ber of calls and mes­sages and the con­tent of those images which can be read that he was up­set and an­gry with his part­ner.

“The tone of his text mes­sages then changed to plead­ing with her to phone him.

“She sent two mes­sages at 15.12 in strong terms telling him to ‘get a grip’ of him­self.

The crash then hap­pened and he read the mes­sages, responding within four sec­onds, ‘I’ve crashed one Heather’ fol­lowed five sec­onds later with ‘Heather I’ve been in a crash’.

“Against the back­ground of his be­ing in a hurry and in an an­gry mood while us­ing a mo­bile phone to call text, and en­gage in a Facetime call, we now come to the fa­tal col­li­sion which oc­curred some 14 kilo­me­tres af­ter Scone Air­port.”

He added: “Col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors cal­cu­late the min­i­mum speed of the ac­cused’s car at the point of im­pact as be­ing 50mph.

“He had de­nied to wit­nesses at the scene that he had been over­tak­ing and said that it was not his fault but that ‘they had stepped out in front of me.’

“All eye wit­nesses and the ex­ten­sive po­lice col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion at­tribute sole re­spon­si­bil­ity for this col­li­sion to the ac­cused.”

Pic­ture: PPA.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

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