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Drink-driver admits causing stunt biker's death

Paul Munro
Image caption Paul Munro said he had not planned on driving after drinking

A mechanic has admitted causing the death of a young stunt cyclist by driving dangerously while under the influence of alcohol.

Danny McBean, 16, from Inverness, was a passenger in a car driven by Paul Munro, 21, of Bunchrew, which crashed near the city last September.

Appearing at the High Court in Edinburgh, Munro was warned he faces a prison sentence.

Danny's 14-year-old girlfriend was three months pregnant when he died.

Courtnay Johnston, of Inverness, appeared in an episode of BBC Three's Underage and Pregnant series last Tuesday.

The teenager gave birth to a girl and named her Amelia Danny.

Courtnay told the BBC Three series' makers that the pregnancy kept her going after losing her boyfriend.

Excessive speed

Munro pled guilty to causing the death of Danny on 18 September last year by driving dangerously on the A862 Inverness to Beauly road near Lentran while under the influence of alcohol.

He admitted driving at excessive speed and losing control of the car which left the roadway and collided with a wall and telegraph pole.

Judge Lord Brodie deferred sentence on Munro, who has no previous convictions, for the preparation of a background report.

Lord Brodie warned that he faced a prison sentence.

The judge told Munro: "The offence to which you have pled guilty is a very serious one involving as it does a death.

"In such cases a custodial sentence is essentially inevitable."

Image caption Danny McBean's girlfriend Courtnay Johnston named their baby Amelia Danny

The court heard that Danny was not wearing a seatbelt.

Two other passengers in the Vauxhall Vectra were treated for injuries.

The court heard that Munro had drunk half a bottle of wine and two bottles of beer. He had not intend to driving after drinking, but offered a friend a lift after they missed their bus home.

After the crash, Munro told police he had reached speeds of 70mph.

He also told officers that he was wearing a seatbelt and always asked his passengers to do the same because his father died in a crash, the court heard.

Defence counsel Barry Smith said Munro had no recollection of the immediate aftermath of the collision.

Stunt park

Following the crash, video clips of Danny performing stunts on his bicycle were posted on YouTube as a tribute.

Friends posted messages to the youngster on the video sharing website along with footage jumping over fences and from a bus shelter on his bike.

His girlfriend, Courtnay, held a fundraising event to generate sponsorship for building of a stunt park for other young cyclists.

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