A man from Perthshire who admitted seriously injuring a pensioner after drunkenly reversing into him twice outside a Lerwick hotel will learn his fate in May.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday how Roy McLuckie, of Affric Avenue, Scone, struck the 70-year-old man twice – breaking five of his ribs – after getting into a work van while over three times the limit.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie stressed that there was “no suggestion at all that there was any deliberate attempt directed towards the complainer”.
McLuckie, 27, admitted causing serious injury in the lower part of the Shetland Hotel car park on Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on October 8 last year by driving a van dangerously.
He reversed at excessive speed without looking resulting in the pedestrian being injured.
The charge added that, after halting briefly, McLuckie reversed again and drove over the man, who was still on the ground. This was all committed while he was under the influence of alcohol.
He also admitted driving while he had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the limit is 22 microgrammes – as well as taking to wheel while disqualified and uninsured.
Mackenzie said McLuckie had been out drinking and watching football.
After the match, the 27 year old got the keys for the van on the “pretext” that he was retrieving his mobile phone.
McLuckie reversed at speed into the car park in a “sweeping motion” and hit the pedestrian, who was knocked ot the ground.
The van came to a halt, pulled forward and reversed again, where it collided once again with the man, “trapping him under the rear wheel”, according to the fiscal.
Mackenzie said the pedestrian was taken to hospital and was found to have suffered five broken ribs and bruising to the abdomen and face, although no surgery was required.
“The consequences could have been significantly worse,” he said. “It was fortunate that the rear [of the van] had no weight.”
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank deferred to May 9 for social work reports.