Published: 07/02/2017 21:54 - Updated: 08/02/2017 13:37

Caithness man jailed for crash that killed best friend

Gavin Farquhar who died in the high-speed crash near Keiss.
Gavin Farquhar who died in the high-speed crash near Keiss.

A HIGH Court judge has told a Caithness oilworker that he had shown "a complete disdain" for the safety of others' during a high-speed drive in his high-performance car.

Before jailing Marc McDonald for six years and four months, Lord Turnbull had heard the 31-year-old drove at speeds of up to 113 miles per hour before causing a crash which killed his best friend.

Near neighbour Gavin Farquhar suffered fatal injuries after being thown through the back window of the Mitsubishi Evo.

Lord Turnbull told McDonald: “You pled guilty to an offence of a grossly reckless nature.

“You were driving a powerful car which had been modified so as to enhance its performance even further.”

He said his conduct was indicative of arrogance and “a complete disdain” for the safety of others.

“Anyone who was observing this driving would have been bound to ask what you thought gave you the right to conduct yourself with such disregard for the lives and safety of others,” said the judge at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Lord Turnbull pointed to McDonald’s record of offences for careless driving, speeding and dangerous driving and that he had 11 penalty points on his licence at the time of the latest crime.

He said the description of the events he was given made it plain “but for pure chance you could have taken a number of lives that day”.

The judge also banned him from driving for 10 years.

McDonald, formerly of Plover Place, Reiss, earlier admitted causing the death of Mr Farquhar (30) by driving dangerously on the A99  a mile south of Keiss on February 12, 2015..

Read full story in Wednesday's Courier.

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