OAP changes plea over­al­leged­charge

Wishaw Press - - COPS BEGIN MURDER INVESTIGATION -

A Morn­ing­side pen­sioner has changed his plea over an al­leged dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge against him.

John Smith had pleaded guilty by let­ter in Septem­ber but was told to seek le­gal ad­vice when he ap­peared in the dock for the first time ear­lier this month.

At Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week, Smith guilty plea was with­drawn and a not guilty plea was en­tered on his be­half.

It is al­leged 80-year-old Smith re­peat­edly drove too close to other road users and re­peat­edly sounded his horn with­out rea­son on May 12, near his home in Cath­burn Road .

Smith is also ac­cused of driv­ing at ex­ces­sive speed for the road and the driv­ing con­di­tions as well as driv­ing at speed to­wards horses which were be­ing rid­den on the road.

The pen­sioner also al­legedly re­peat­edly pressed the ac­cel­er­a­tor of his ve­hi­cle with­out any cause to do so.

A fur­ther hear­ing in the case will be heard at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court on Jan­uary 10.

Smith is ex­pected to stand trial on Fe­bru­ary 6.

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