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Driver caused pensioner's death

High Court in Edinburgh
Neil was found guilty by majority at the High Court in Edinburgh

A motorist who struck and killed an 86-year-old man has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Kevin Neil, 43, of Ruberslaw Road, Hawick, drove into Richard Scott after failing to spot him standing beside his broken down van near Jedburgh.

Mr Scott was killed instantly in the accident on the A698 Hawick to Kelso Road on 25 January last year.

Neil was found guilty by majority at the High Court in Edinburgh. Sentence was deferred until next month.

The court heard Mr Scott was returning home late to Yetholm from a race meeting with his greyhounds when his van broke down.

It is inevitable that you are going to be disqualified for a long period and your licence will be suspended as from now
Sheriff Roger Craik

Police attended the breakdown but had left after Mr Scott's friend, George Tait, arrived to give him and his dogs a lift home.

Mr Scott was standing beside his van with the driver's door open when Neil's Nissan Terrano struck him.

He suffered multiple injuries and would have died instantly, a pathologist told the court.

Mr Tait, who was sitting in his Rover 420 parked nose-to-nose with the van, was knocked unconscious in the crash.

He suffered a head injury, fractures to his breast bone, knee cap and collar bone and a cut to his face and spent a week in hospital.

Neil's wife Diane, a front seat passenger in his car, suffered neck and chest pain and bruising to her leg.

Background report

A crash investigator told the trial Mr Scott's van was 40cm into the roadway and the Rover was parked fully on the road with hazard lights on.

Temporary judge Sheriff Roger Craik allowed Neil to remain on bail until he is sentenced next month but banned him from driving.

"The verdict of the jury has gone against you," he said.

"The matter of course is serious, for that purpose I would prefer to have a background report as to your full circumstances.

"It is inevitable that you are going to be disqualified for a long period and your licence will be suspended as from now."



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