Lorry driver found careless not dangerous

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A lorry driver was acquitted by a Campbeltown jury and left the court only to be brought back moments later by a police officer.

Following a four-day trial, a jury returned a majority verdict of not proven on Steven Barker, 44, of Brechin who appeared  on indictment of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

In an accident on June 23, 2016, a 44-tonne grain lorry Barker was driving from Brechin to Campbeltown overturned, on a bend near South Muasdale Farm.

In a highly technical case, involving maths and calculations of lorry rollover points, the jury was told details of the accident.

It landed on a flat-bed truck crushing it and trapping the driver for four hours until a crane lifted the wreckage. Subsequently the driver of that vehicle was given a hip replacement.

Barker was told he was free by Sheriff Patrick Hughes but recalled when the chairwoman of the jury stood up and said that with deletions to the charge, the jury found Barker guilty of driving without due care and attention.

This had been one of the sentencing options put to the jury in Sheriff Hughes instructions before their deliberations started at 2.34pm.

With Barker back in the dock, the verdict was pronounced but Procurator Fiscal Depute Eoin McGinty made no motion for sentence.

Barker was told the verdict would remain on his record without sentence.