Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Gary McCourt guilty of second death crash in Edinburgh

Gary McCourt
McCourt had a previous conviction for causing death by reckless driving

A court has been told that a driver whose careless driving caused the death of a cyclist committed a similar offence 27 years ago.

Gary McCourt, 49, was found guilty in 1986 of causing death by reckless driving, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard.

The previous conviction emerged after a jury found McCourt guilty of killing 75-year-old Audrey Fyfe in August 2011.

The court had heard how McCourt had admitted to police that he had "clipped" Audrey's back wheel.

He said he saw the bike rider "somersault" through the air at the junction between Portobello Road and Craigentinny Avenue in Edinburgh.

McCourt claimed that he hadn't committed any criminal offence and that the collision between him and Mrs Fyfe was accidental.

However, the jury convicted him of causing death by careless driving.

Depute procurator fiscal Lesley Smith told the court that McCourt had a criminal record.

She added: "He was convicted in 1986 of causing death by reckless driving."

The revelation emerged on the fourth day of the trial which was heard before Sheriff James Scott.

McCourt will be sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on May 3 2013.