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Coatbridge crash driver Paul Doherty caused uncle's death

A man who admitted causing the death of his uncle after crashing a car while driving uninsured and without a licence has been given a community sentence.

Paul Doherty, 24, crashed the car into a wall and a pole in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on 22 June 2013.

He left the scene of the accident, along with his uncle John, who later died from his injuries.

Doherty, who initially claimed his uncle had been driving, was told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

At a previous hearing at Airdrie Sheriff Court he pleaded guilty to causing the death of his uncle, John Doherty, by driving a car without care and attention on Gartgill Road, Coatbridge.

Doherty also admitted driving without a licence or insurance cover and attempting to pervert the course of justice by falsely claiming his uncle had been driving at the time of the crash.

'Properly remorseful'

Sentencing him, Sheriff Petra Collins told Doherty: "You shouldn't have been behind the wheel in the first place.

"You had no licence and no insurance and your deceased uncle was on no state to supervise you as he was under the influence of drink. You then were not truthful with the police."

Sheriff Collins noted that Doherty had been "properly remorseful and will have to live with the consequences" of his actions.

She added: "I have taken into account everything which has been said quite ably on your behalf and have reached the conclusion there is an alternative to custody."

The court previously heard that when police arrived at the crash scene they found that the airbags on the Ford Focus car had been deployed and there was blood on the passenger door, but no-one was in the car.

The keeper was traced to Doune Terrace in Coatbridge. John Doherty was found in bed, but police did not see any injury and they left.

Paul Doherty later dialled 999 and called for an ambulance for his uncle who was pronounced dead by paramedics.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a passenger seat belt injury, severe abdominal injuries and extensive blood loss to his small intestine.

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