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Danish hunter who caused death of minibus driver avoids jail

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh

A Danish hunter who drove on the wrong side of the road and caused a crash which killed a minibus driver and injured his 10 passengers has avoided jail.

But a judge warned student Stefan Hansen that if he failed to carry out 300 hours unpaid work with the Red Cross in his homeland the alternative of imprisonment was still open.

Lady Stacey deferred sentence on Hansen, 24, for a year to allow him to complete the work.

She told him: “While this offence is punishable by imprisonment I am not persuaded it is the only suitable disposal in your case.”

She said his action had caused “devastation” in a number of people’s lives and added: “You will know you did a great deal of harm by your actions carelessness that day.”

The judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh that she hoped her decision would help to remind him to take care every day he was behind the wheel. She also banned him from driving for two years in the UK.

Hansen was on the wrong side of the road on the A83 near the Kennacraig ferry terminal, Tarbert, Argyll, when he collided head-on in a Mitsubishi 4X4 with the vehicle.

The driver of the minibus, Andrew Rennie, 62, of Millars Park, Campbeltown, died following the collision on October 17 in 2013. A son of Mr Rennie was among those seriously injured.

Iain Rennie, Charles McCormick, Peter Chute, Steven Coffield, Alan MacMillan, Alister Jarvie, Ryan Sharp, Richard Todd, John Gillies and Gary Anderson were all injured.

Student Hansen (24) who has no previous convictions, had denied a charge of causing his death by dangerous driving by driving his vehicle southbound in the northbound carriageway.

A jury earlier convicted him of the lesser offence causing death by careless driving.

The court heard he had previously offered to plead guilty to causing death by careless driving.

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