Paul Doherty, age 24, resident of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, lied to police, convincing them that it was his dead uncle driving at the time of a crash that claimed his life. For his admission, he was spared jail sentence and instead given a 300 hours of unpaid work and a three year driving ban
On June 22, 2013, Doherty crashed a Ford Focus car in a country lane near the town that later caused the death of his uncle John Doherty, age 42.
After the crash, the duo fled the scene and disappeared prior to the arrival of officers who were alerted of the crash and began their investigations.
John, critically injured, suffered blood loss from internal damage and eventually died at home.
At the onset, Doherty denied being a participant in the crash and claimed his uncle was behind the wheel who asked for his assistance.
However, investigators noticed that John sustained seat-belt injuries matching those suffered by passengers involved in accidents; consequently, Doherty was prevailed to admit that he was driving carelessly on that fatal day.
He also admitted two further charges: (1) driving without insurance; and (2) trying to pervert the course of justice by telling police that it was his uncle driving the car.
Sheriff Petra Collins stated that today in the trial, Doherty who is a trainee civil engineer showed remorse for the incident and so he deserved to be shown mercy.
In lieu of an incarceration, Doherty was ordered him to perform 300 hours of unpaid work and was banned him from driving for three years.
Doherty’s defense told the Airdrie Sheriff Court that his client was sincerely remorseful as he lost not only an uncle but a very good friend who had been at his side during his growing years.
The car used by the Doherty’s belonged John’s mother who was spending a holiday in Spain. Investigating police visited John at home investigating the crash but they were not able to talk to him as he drunk and feeling ill but later that night, a 999 call made by Doherty claimed that discovered that his uncle dead at home.
Later, Doherty admitted he was behind the wheel during the accident and what caused him to crash the car into a wall was the distraction coming from his uncle.
Sheriff Collins berated the accused of his careless driving and failure to negotiate a bend and unable to stop that he collided with a wall.
He was not prepared to drive and at that time his uncle was in no position to supervise him; this bad decision ended tragically. And to make matter worse, he failed to tell the truth.
He said that even if Doherty was remorseful be he will have to live with the consequences.
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Source: Mirror Co. UK