Green MSP slams cycle death court judgement

Greens have expressed outrage at a sheriff’s comments at the conclusion of the latest cycle tragedy.

Last week, car-driver Gary McCourt was sentenced to 300 hours community service after he hit experienced cyclist Audrey Fyfe in 2011, causing her death. As widely reported, McCourt also killed a cyclist in the 1980s, for which he served a jail sentence. Sheriff Scott, in passing judgement last week, was reported by the press as suggesting that the fact that McCourt was not drunk or on drugs at the the time was a mitigating factor and that Mrs Fyfe not wearing a helmet contributed to her death.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone expressed her astonishment at the sheriff’s comments, saying:

“If accurately reported, this is an outrageous judgement in so many ways. There is nothing that can excuse someone driving a ton of metal from exercising proper care around cyclists and any other road users. Nor does Mrs Fyfe’s headgear have any relevance to the case.

“I am pleased that the Crown Office is reported to be reviewing the judgement. But I think Sheriff Scott needs to reflect very hard on the signal that his unwise words have sent out.”