Fatal crash driver appeal rejected

An HGV driver whose lorry crushed a Fife surgeon to death after skidding on ice and snow on the A1 in Berwickshire has had his appeal rejected.

Marc Bell (38) of Gateshead, who had been freed after serving 53 days, will now complete his 12-month term, the punishment imposed on him for causing the death of Dr Mahmoud Abdel-Fattah two years ago on the stretch of the road at Cockburnspath in January 2010.

Defence QC Ian Duguid argued that trial judge John Beckett QC had “misjudged the level of culpability”, as Bell wasn’t actually driving above the permitted speed limit for the road.

However, appeal judges ruled it was a “serious example of careless driving” and he should complete his sentence.

Bell was found guilty by a jury last year of careless driving but he was later then freed pending his appeal.

His lawyers argued the sentence was too harsh but that view was rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.