The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A Mo­ray man has ad­mit­ted caus­ing the crash that re­sulted in the death of a 21-year-old biker.

James Munro, from Burghead, was driv­ing on the wrong side of the road when his Vaux­hall As­tra col­lided head-on with the mo­tor­bike be­ing rid­den by Euan Slater.

Yes­ter­day, the 34-yearold ad­mit­ted caus­ing the col­li­sion by driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion – less than two weeks short of the first an­niver­sary of the hor­ror smash. Mr Slater died at the scene af­ter sus­tain­ing hor­rific in­juries.

Munro had at­tempted to over­take an­other car on the B9089 Kin­loss to Burghead road when the crash oc­curred on Novem­ber 25 last year.

It is un­der­stood Mr Slater’s bike was driven back­wards, against its own mo­men­tum, due to the force of the crash near the Ro­seisle sewage works be­fore it came to rest.

Munro’s car veered off the road to­wards trees af­ter the im­pact.

The Burghead res­i­dent has now pleaded guilty at El­gin Sher­iff Court to over­tak­ing on the ru­ral road when “it was not safe to do so”.

De­fence ad­vo­cate David Mog­gach stressed that while his client had been in trouble with the au­thor­i­ties in the past he had not had any con­vic­tions for the last 14 years.

Fam­ily and friends of Mr Slater were at El­gin Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day to see Munro face jus­tice.

Munro, of Fraser Road in Burghead, was banned from driv­ing at court yes­ter­day un­til his next ap­pear­ance on De­cem­ber 12.

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til that date for back­ground re­ports to be pre­pared.

Euan Slater: vic­tim

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