Uninsured driver 'caused death'

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John Bambrick
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John Bambrick could be jailed for up to two years

A man is believed to be the first motorist in Scotland to be convicted of causing death while driving without insurance, under new legislation.

John Bambrick was driving his wife's car when it hit Margaret Monaghan in Glasgow in February 2009.

The 52-year-old suffered bruising and cuts to her legs and died two weeks later after developing an infection.

Bambrick could face a sentence of up to two years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing next month.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Bambrick, 37, had no insurance as his wife had failed to make the monthly payments.

His wife, Karen, pleaded guilty to allowing her husband to drive her car without insurance. She was fined £360.

Sheriff Alan Mackenzie convicted Bambrick of causing Miss Monaghan's death and of driving with one of his brake lights out.

Gaping cuts

The new legislation Bambrick was convicted under cover cases where death is caused by driving carelessly or driving without a licence or insurance.

It was introduced in 2008 but this is believed to the first case in Scotland of someone being convicted under the no insurance bracket.

The court heard how the incident happened in Glasgow's Springhill area on 2 February last year.

Pathologist Dr Julie McAdam told the court that Ms Monaghan suffered large gaping cuts to her legs after she was hit by Bambrick's car.

After surgery, she later developed an infection which spread to her blood, leading to multiple organ failure.

Dr McAdam said she believed that the infection "almost certainly" came from the injuries on Ms Monaghan's legs caused by the accident.

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