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Teen guilty of parade bike crash

Graeme Hunter and Lewis Westlake-Tritton
Hunter (left) was a passenger with Westlake-Tritton at the controls

A teenager has been convicted of injuring seven people when the motorbike he was riding crashed into a crowd waiting to watch a parade.

Graeme Hunter, 18, denied during a trial that he culpably and recklessly rode the bike.

He was one of three youths on the Honda 125 who crashed after racing through the streets of Aberdeen on 26 April, with police cars in pursuit.

The case, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, was continued.

Co-accused Lewis Westlake-Tritton, 17, who was at the controls of the motorbike, earlier pleaded guilty to driving the bike in an erratic manner and kicking pedestrians.

The trial heard how the motorbike hit the side of a van and ploughed into a crowd which had gathered to watch the annual Torcher parade.

'Suicidal maniacs'

It landed on an 11-year-old boy, leaving him badly injured, while others were knocked to the ground and were too badly injured to get up.

Minutes before, driver Westlake-Tritton was seen speeding through the streets pursued by police cars.

Hunter, from Aberdeen, claimed he was a passenger and could not be held accountable for the driver's actions.

But the jury of 10 women and five men took 75 minutes to find him guilty, by majority verdict.

Hunter sat in the middle of the bike and another youth, who cannot be named, was at the back.

The trio raced up and down the city's main shopping street, carrying out dangerous U-turns and driving up the road into the face of oncoming traffic.

The pursuing police vehicles were stood down because the incident posed a danger to the public.

During the trial, Hunter, a prisoner in Aberdeen, and his friends were described by one witness as "suicidal maniacs".

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