Care­less biker col­lided with girl

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Sher­iff Court was told.

The ac­cused, of Lin­den Av­enue, New­port-on-Tay, will dis­cover his fate on Fe­bru­ary 8 af­ter back­ground re­ports have been pre­pared.

He had de­nied driv­ing dan­ger­ously on the A922, in South Street, Mil­nathort, on Au­gust 31, 2017, fail­ing to ob­serve the young­ster as she crossed the road and col­lided with her, knock­ing her to the ground.

Re­strict­ing the charge to one of care­less driv­ing, Cooper was also found guilty of driv­ing away from the smash at ex­ces­sive speed but an al­le­ga­tion that he over­took a mov­ing van in an area where traf­fic was lim­ited to 20mph was deleted.

The jury of nine men and six women only con­sid­ered the dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge.

The ac­cused had pre­vi­ously pled guilty to the other three motoring of­fences but no de­tails were pro­vided of them.

The trial had heard that the girl, now 11, had suf­fered mus­cle dam­age which forced her to stop play­ing for a school sports team.

She also suf­fered pain in her hand due to three bro­ken fin­gers and in her shoul­der re­sult­ing in her hav­ing to wear a sling for four or five weeks.

On the open­ing day of the trial, a farmer de­scribed how he saw a mo­tor­bike “speed­ing out of Mil­nathort” and trav­el­ling at more than dou­ble the 30mph limit.

Thirty-one-year-old Alas­tair Young said he didn’t think too much about it un­til he saw a re­port on so­cial me­dia two-three days later.

Mr Young said he was saw the blue, black and white bike head­ing east out of Mil­nathort as he drove in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to go to the shops.

He added: “It was def­i­nitely go­ing above the speed limit - the speed limit is 30. It must have been go­ing over 60.”

Mr Young only saw it for around five sec­onds - “it hap­pened so fast,” he re­called - and he couldn’t de­scribe the rider, other than he was wear­ing a “dark helmet.”

He was later shown pho­tographs of a mo­tor­bike and said they “looked like” the bike he had driven past that day.

Two or three days later he saw some­thing on ei­ther Face­book or Twit­ter about an ac­ci­dent and he gave a state­ment to the po­lice.

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