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Woman sentenced for causing OAP's death by careless driving in Aberdeen

Lillian Morrison Image copyright NEWSLINE MEDIA
Image caption Lillian Morrison died after the 2012 accident

A driver found guilty of causing the death of a pedestrian in Aberdeen by careless driving has been told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Rachel Forsyth, 21, of Westhill, had been accused of causing the death of 79-year-old Lillian Morrison by driving dangerously while using her mobile phone.

She was found guilty of the reduced charge at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Forsyth was also banned from driving for a year.

The incident happened on Queen's Road in Aberdeen on 27 December 2012.

'Disappointed at leniency'

Defence counsel David Moggach said events management university student Forsyth had an unblemished character and had no previous convictions.

He said she had only passed her test in March that year and was a relatively inexperienced driver.

He said: "She struggled to deal with events of that day to the extent that it affected her health and necessitated her having to receive counselling.

"The remorse that Miss Forsyth shows is genuine in this case."

Following the sentence, Mrs Morrison's daughter, Patricia Dowell, said: "We are disappointed at the leniency of the sentence, despite the guilty verdict."

Image caption The incident happened on Queen's Road

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