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Man bought drink for crash victim
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Neil Forrester was intoxicated when he was hit, the court heard
A man who bought drink for a schoolboy who later died after staggering into the path of a car has been fined 750.

Neil Forrester, 15, became drunk on the alcohol supplied to him by Robert Thomson in a Stirling park, before being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Thomson, from Stenhousemuir, had denied buying alcohol for the underage schoolboy on 9 July, 2006.

However, the 22-year-old council worker changed his plea to guilty just minutes into a trial at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Thomson bought cider and tonic wine for the youth and one of his friends after meeting them in the Stenhousemuir park, where they spent an afternoon drinking.

Driver never found

Prosecutor Neil Bowie told the court: "Later that afternoon there was a tragic accident in which Mr Forrester was struck by a car.

"The intoxication of Mr Forrester played a part in the fact he was on the road."

Afterwards, Thomson said of the teenager's death: "It made me feel terrible because I had bought him the drink.

"If I hadn't maybe it wouldn't have happened and he'd be alive today."

The teenager died in hospital the day after the accident and police have yet to trace the driver of the car.

In the days following the Larbert youngster's death, a number of tonic wine bottles were left at the scene as tributes to the teenager, a pupil at St Mungo's High School in Falkirk.

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