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Court hears biker’s ‘vague memory’ after being struck by car

The scene of the incident on the A98 at Cullen.
The scene of the incident on the A98 at Cullen.

A motorcyclist has told a court of a “vague memory” of hearing his waistcoat being cut off his body moments after being struck by a car.

Colin Sutherland, 25, told a jury that he lost consciousness moments after the collision on the A98 Fochabers to Banff road at Cullen, Moray, on September 8, 2018.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Mr Sutherland remembers the sight of police officers and ambulance crews helping him following the incident.

And he also told prosecution lawyer Andrew Bowen QC that he has recollects hearing the sound of his waistcoat removed from his body.

He said: “When I came to my waistcoat was off me so I assume it was taken off me.

“I have a vague memory of hearing it being cut.”

Mr Bowen then asked him what was written on the waistcoat. Mr Sutherland replied: “Nomads. North-east Scotland.”

Mr Sutherland was giving evidence on the first day of proceedings against four men who are accused of attempting to murder him.

The quartet are Ian Ewing, 44, of Stonehaven, Patrick Noble, 52, of Aberdeen, Kyle Urquhart, 22, also of Aberdeen, and Ian Yeomans, 57, of Peterhead.

The four accused are also standing trial on further charges of attempted murder, assault to the endangering of lives, breach of the peace and possessing knives without “reasonable excuse or lawful authority”.

The men deny all charges.

Yesterday, Mr Sutherland said that he and a group of fellow motorcyclists had spent the day riding across the north east.

They had stopped in Elgin for a break at 4pm and then decided to ride on.

He said that as they approached Cullen, he was “impacted” by a car and that he “came off”.

Mr Sutherland, whose address was given in court as being care of the police, said he couldn’t remember very much about the incident as he had lost consciousness.

The drainage engineer told the court that he was taken to hospital and received treatment for injuries.

He also told the court that he struggled to sleep in the time following the alleged attempted murder bid.

He added: “I’m scared to go back on my bike.”

The four men are standing trial on a total of seven charges.

The trial, before judge Lady Scott, continues today.

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