Lorry driver found care­less not dan­ger­ous

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A lorry driver was ac­quit­ted by a Camp­bel­town jury and left the court only to be brought back mo­ments later by a po­lice of­fi­cer. Fol­low­ing a four-day trial, a jury re­turned a ma­jor­ity ver­dict of not proven on Steven Barker, 44, of Brechin who ap­peared on in­dict­ment of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. In an ac­ci­dent on June 23, 2016, a 44-tonne grain lorry Barker was driv­ing from Brechin to Camp­bel­town over­turned on a bend near South Muas­dale Farm. In a highly tech­ni­cal case, in­volv­ing maths and cal­cu­la­tions of lorry rollover points, the jury was told de­tails of the ac­ci­dent. It landed on a flat-bed truck crush­ing it and trap­ping the driver for four hours un­til a crane lifted the wreck­age. Sub­se­quently the driver of that ve­hi­cle was given a hip re­place­ment. Barker was told he was free by Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes but re­called when the chair­woman of the jury stood up and said that with dele­tions to the charge, the jury found Barker guilty of driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion. This had been one of the sen­tenc­ing op­tions put to the jury in Sher­iff Hughes in­struc­tions be­fore their de­lib­er­a­tions started at 2.34pm. With Barker back in the dock, the ver­dict was pro­nounced but Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal De­pute Eoin McGinty made no mo­tion for sen­tence. Barker was told the ver­dict would re­main on his record with­out sen­tence.

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