Tayside and Central Scotland

Man fined for driving quadbike at sister

Stewart Cameron
Image caption Stewart Cameron said the antiques rightfully belonged to him

A landowner has been fined £500 for "aggressively" driving a quadbike at his sister in an inheritance row.

Stewart Cameron, 57, was furious after seeing his sister Catriona preparing to ship two containers of antiques from their late parents' Perthshire home.

Cameron denied the attack at Bows Farm near Dunblane and said he deserved a share of the £130,000 of antiques.

But he was found guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court of culpably and recklessly driving the quadbike.

The farm had been owned by the Camerons' parents and on their deaths had been left to the accused, his sister and two other brothers.

After her father's death Miss Cameron cared for her mother at the farm until she died in September 2009.

She had returned to the family home on 10 December 2009 to pick up what she claimed were her "possessions", packed into the two steel shipping containers.

'Mad frenzy'

But the court was told that Cameron believed the antiques were rightfully his and had previously superglued the padlocks to stop his sister getting access.

As Miss Cameron waited for lorries to take away the goods, Cameron revved his engine at her in a "mad frenzy" before driving flat out at her and missing her by just "one inch", the court heard.

The quadbike was travelling at about 25mph and was also towing a metal trailer, Miss Cameron said.

"Had I not taken evasive action I would not be here today. He tried to run me down," she said.

"You don't drive at speed at people if you don't intend to hurt them.

Lorry driver Robert Brown, who was there to pick up the crates said Cameron had been "driving aggressively" at full throttle.

'Unacceptable' behaviour

The 43-year-old said: "To aim a quad in an aggressive move towards his own sister is astonishing.

"If she hadn't moved, she was under it. If she hadn't stepped out the way, then there would have been a funeral."

Sheriff William Gilchrist said after the two-day trial: "The independent witnesses all agree that you were driving in an aggressive manner, and that the trailer would have struck her if she hadn't taken sufficient action.

"It is clear this is a family dispute over money. I find you guilty of the charge and believe your behaviour was unacceptable and placed her in real danger."