Tayside and Central Scotland

Son killed father in Brechin motorbike crash

A teenage motorcyclist caused the death of his father in a crash after drinking at a family party, a court has heard.

Ian Brand's father - also called Ian - was riding pillion when his son lost control of the bike on a path in Angus.

Brand, from Brechin, told police even before the death of his father was known: "This is going to be on my conscience for the rest of my life."

He admitted causing the death in August 2009 by driving without due care and attention. Sentence was deferred.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Brand had been at a barbecue at the family home in Hillview, Brechin, where both father and son were drinking.

No helmets

He had then gone to a track on the outskirts of Brechin with a group of others to ride his brother's unregistered Kawasaki 250 motorcycle.

Another group, including his father and mother Helen Dunsmore, had arrived later.

The teenager, who was 19 at the time, had taken one of his friends as a pillion passenger but as the groups were getting ready to leave his father indicated that he also wanted to "have a go" on the rear of the motorcycle.

Advocate depute Martin Macari said: "Neither the accused nor his father were wearing a crash helmet and there was no specific means on the motorcycle to enable any pillion passenger to hold on."

The pair rode off before Brand, now 20, turned and headed back towards those watching but the bike appeared to swerve off to the left of the path.

"The bike made contact with the grass separating the path from fencing and the accused appeared to lose control of the motorcycle," said Mr Macari.

The victim, who was still on the motorbike, also appeared to lean to the left and both rider and passenger scraped against the chain links of the fence.

The motorbike then collided with a concrete fence post and the pair were thrown from it with Mr Brand Snr, 39, landing about 10m away.

"All those present immediately ran to the aid of both the accused and Mr Brand senior.

"The accused was hurt but clearly in no danger. Mr Brand senior however was unconscious and apparently not breathing," said the prosecutor.

The court heard that the victim was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, but did not survive.

Police who arrived at the scene breath-tested Brand and he was arrested after providing a positive sample. He told officers: "I just hope my old man is ok."

Brand was found to be double the driving limit for alcohol almost two hours after the fatal crash.

Defence counsel Michael Meehan told the court: "Clearly this is a very tragic case."

He said that Brand, the eldest of five sons, lived with his partner and a 15-month old son.

The judge, Lord Matthews, deferred sentence on Brand until next month for the preparation of a background report.

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