Driver sent texts moments before he killed toddler
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.”
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.”