Driver sent texts mo­ments be­fore he killed tod­dler

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JAMES MUL­HOL­LAND

Yes­ter­day, Mr McS­por­ran told the court Har­low’s mother is un­able to cope with the loss of her daugh­ter.

She felt “robbed mem­o­ries”.

He said Pirie ap­peared “worked up” as he spoke to Ms Ea­ton on his mo­bile phone.

Mr McS­por­ran added: “The ac­cused was us­ing his mo­bile 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.”

The chil­dren who sur­vived the col­li­sion sus­tained brain in­juries and frac­tured bones. Sur­geons had to place a me­tal plate into one child’s head.

Mr McS­por­ran also said the ac­cused had ini­tially de­nied do­ing any­thing wrong when ques­tioned by po­lice.

Pirie, of For­far, ad­mit­ted caus­ing death and in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing on Oc­to­ber 13 last year.

De­fence ad­vo­cate, Mark Ste­wart QC, said he would re­serve his mit­i­ga­tion un­til Pirie’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, which will take place at the High Court in Glas­gow next month.

He said his client had been pre­vi­ously di­ag­nosed with at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der and de­pres­sion.

He added: “He ac­cepts his re­spon­si­bil­ity for his role in this of­fence.

“Mr Pirie also un­der­stands the likely out­come of his ac­tions and I’m in­structed to make no mo­tion for bail.”

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of SOL­DIERS from 39 En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment have re­ceived cam­paign medals to mark their role in the United Na­tion’s peace­keep­ing ef­forts in South Su­dan.

The troops from 34 Field Squadron, based in Mo­ray, built the ground­works for a new field hos­pi­tal in Ben­tiu.

While de­ployed from Fe­bru­ary un­til July this year, they also pro­vided it with power, as well as fresh and waste wa­ter pipes, with drainage in­stalled to mit­i­gate against flood­ing.

Ma­jor Wayne Meek, the of­fi­cer in com­mand of the team dur­ing their time in South Su­dan, said: “The work of the sol­diers of 34 Field Squadron in South Su­dan has ben­e­fited ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble civil­ians.”

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