Tayside and Central Scotland

Hit-and-run driver who killed OAP jailed for eight years

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Image caption Paul Mowatt had taken a cocktail of drugs before running over Mr Robertson

A hit-and-run driver who knocked down and killed an 89-year-old man has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Mowatt had taken a cocktail of methadone, cannabis and Valium before he knocked down Kenneth Robertson in Forfar in August 2013.

The 34-year-old fled the scene, and retired farmer Mr Robertson died in Ninewells Hospital two weeks later.

Mowatt pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs.

He had picked up a friend and her child in Forfar on 30 August, and was seen to be smoking a cannabis joint before the passengers got in the car.

Mowatt then took a handful of Valium tablets while driving, and was described as looking "dopey".

He ran over Mr Robertson, who was out for a stroll, and left the scene before driving past again and saying "I have hit somebody".

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Image caption Mr Robertson suffered serious injuries in the crash in Forfar in August 2013

Mr Robertson suffered severe leg, rib and neck injuries, and was taken to Ninewells Hospital where he died of a stroke two weeks later.

Mowatt was later reported to police by motorists alarmed by his erratic driving on the A90 dual carriageway to Dundee, and initially told officers he thought he had hit a deer.

However, at an earlier hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs, failing to stop and failing to report the accident to police, and a separate charge of dangerous driving on the A90.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Crowe said his client, a former heroin user who lost his job due to a serious motorbike accident in 2003, wanted to make a full public apology for his actions that day.

Sentencing him at the High Court in Aberdeen, Lord Burns described Mowatt as "a menace on the road", who had three pervious convictions for careless driving and one for driving while disqualified.

As well as an eight-year jail term, he was banned from driving for 15 years.

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