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Sentencing delay in Fife drink-drive tent case

West Sands in St Andrews
Image caption David Owen drove a car over Louise Graham while they were visiting West Sands in St Andrews

A Fife man found guilty of driving over his girlfriend as she slept in a tent, while he was drunk, has had his sentence deferred until next month.

David Owen, 21, left Louise Graham, 22, scarred after the incident on West Sands, St Andrews, in October 2008.

Owen was due to appear for sentence at Cupar Sheriff Court on Thursday.

However, he had not been brought from Perth Prison, where he is serving four months for housebreaking. The case was continued until 24 March.

Sheriff Charlie Macnair said: "It would be more desirable if he were to come before the court closer to the end of his present sentence."

Earlier this month, a jury found Owen guilty of taking Ms Graham's car while she slept and culpably and recklessly running her over with it while under the influence of drink.

Permanent scarring

The court heard how the couple, who have since split up, had driven to West Sands in St Andrews with friends.

Ms Graham, from Guardbridge, Fife, told how she fell asleep while Owen and the rest of the group sat drinking cider outside.

She said she then woke up to find the car on top of her.

She was left with burns to her arm, hand and stomach which needed skin grafts and months of treatment leaving her permanently scarred.

The court heard that when the incident happened Owen demanded that none of the group phone an ambulance because he was scared the police would get involved.

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