A farmer who caused a fatal car accident when the trailer he was towing became detached from his tractor has been jailed to two years. Alister Clark, 58, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Stuart Reid, 34, was driving on the A95 to play golf near Huntly when the car accident happened. The trailer detached from Mr Clark's tractor, crossed the carriageway and struck Mr Reid's pick-up. Mr Reid was unable to avoid the trailer, which removed part of the pick-up roof and caused him fatal head and chest injuries.
The court heard that Mr Clark did not check that the trailer was correctly secured and attached to the tractor, and that he was also aware that the trailer's air brakes were faulty.
Lord Doherty, sentencing, said that Mr Clark had shown genuine remorse, and has also wanted the case to be widely publicised in order to alert the farming community to the responsibility and consequences of unsafe loads and equipment. Lord Doherty said that the degree of culpability was 'significant' and only a custodial sentence would highlight the severity of the incident. He also banned Clark for driving for three years.
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