Western Isles MP Angus Brendan Macneil will not be able to drive through his own constituency this summer, after a court judgement found him guilty of careless driving.
The MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar was at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court yesterday morning (Wednesday 18 May) at the end of a delayed case against him, following a road incident in Barra in October 2020.
Mr MacNeil was charged under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act (1988), after the accident in Castlebay on 30 October 2020, when a 17-year-old motorcyclist was injured after a collision with a vehicle driven by Mr MacNeil.
Mr Macneil had originally been charged with causing severe injury by dangerous driving, but Sheriff Gordon Lamont instead found him guilty of the lesser charge of careless driving.
He was fined £1,500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
Mr Macneil had pled not guilty to the original charge, which arose after the Ford Focus he was driving was in collision with a motorbike while the MP was making a three-point turn in a layby near Castlebay Community School.
Procurator Fiscal Miriam Clark reportedly described Mr Macneil’s manoeuvre as ‘dangerous’, and Barra police constable Phil Farnell, who attended the collision, said that the MP was visibly shaken and immediately admitted fault at the scene.
The boy was taken to St Brendan’s Hospital in Barra and later airlifted to Glasgow for surgery to fractures in his leg.
A Police Scotland report on the incident when it happened described the boy’s injuries as ‘non-life-threatening.’