Driver who killed schoolgirl relative is jailed


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Image caption Martin McGuire was driving at 51mph in a 30mph zone when his car hit Abbie

A man who admitted causing the death of his 12-year-old relative by dangerous driving has been jailed for five years.

Martin McGuire, 38, from Hamilton, had been travelling at 51mph on a 30mph stretch of road in Motherwell when he struck Abbie Mclaren on 12 February.

Abbie, who was a pupil at Dalziel High School, had just got off a bus with a friend.

McGuire is a cousin of Abbie’s father John Mclaren, who was a passenger in the Citroen D3 car when Abbie was hit.

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Image caption Abbie Mclaren had just got off a bus with a friend when she was hit by the car

As well as the jail term, judge Lady Scott imposed an eight-and-a-half year driving ban on McGuire when he appeared for sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

She told him: “Abbie Mclaren was 12 years old. She was a child with her whole life ahead of her.

“She was well-loved by her close family, especially her mum, brothers and sisters and her grandparents.

“All have been left devastated and will be forever bereft.”

No licence or insurance

His trial at the High Court in Glasgow had heard that Abbie had no contact with her father and did not know McGuire.

McGuire provided a negative breath test, but admitted he had no licence and no insurance at the time of the crash. It also emerged that he had never had a full driving licence but was the holder of an expired provisional licence.

The court was told the speed at which the vehicle was travelling on The Loaning in Motherwell caused Abbie to be projected forward onto a nearby parked car. She suffered multiple fractures and died in hospital the next day.

Six days after her death, almost 1,000 people turned out for a torchlight vigil to call for safer roads in Motherwell.

The silent march lined the road where Abbie died.

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