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Underage death driver avoids jail
Graeme Stuart [Pic: Newsline]
Graeme Stuart died in the crash last December
An underage driver has been placed on probation after admitting causing a crash which left a 15-year-old dead.

Kyle Torliefson was just 16 when he lost control of a Renault Clio and hit a tree on a rural Aberdeenshire road last December.

Passenger Graeme Stuart, 15, was killed in the crash on the B977 Potterton to Belhevie Road.

Torliefson, of Aberdeen, admitted a series of driving offences when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Mr Stuart was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was trapped in the car for more than an hour.

Torliefson, now 17, was charged with taking the car without the owner's consent, driving without a licence or insurance, and driving carelessly.

'Sadly missed'

Sheriff Douglas Cusine placed Torliefson on probation for two years and banned him from driving for four months.

The sheriff said the teenager had to live with his friend's death on his conscience for the rest of his life.

But he added that the charge of careless driving meant he has to "consider the standard of the driving and not the consequences".

The youngsters were both pupils at Bridge of Don Academy in Aberdeen.

Mr Stuart had hoped to become a hairdresser.

After his death, the school's headteacher Bob McClymont said the fifth-year pupil, who had just become an uncle, was "popular and cheerful" and would be "very sadly missed".


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