South Scotland

Borders A1 death crash driver sentence appeal rejected

An HGV driver whose lorry crushed a Fife surgeon to death after skidding on ice and snow on the A1 in the Borders has had his appeal rejected.

Marc Bell, 38, of Gateshead, who had been freed after serving 53 days, will now complete his 12-month term.

Defence QC Ian Duguid argued that trial judge John Beckett QC had "misjudged the level of culpability".

However, appeal judges ruled it was a "serious example of careless driving" and he should complete his sentence.

Bell was found guilty by a jury last year of careless driving before the crash in January 2010 in which Dr Mahmoud Abdel-Fattah, 42, from Dunfermline, Fife, lost his life.

He was jailed for a year but then freed pending his appeal.

His lawyers argued the sentence was too harsh but that view was rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.

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