Driver found guilty of causing death of Edinburgh cyclist had killed before

Jury returns guilty verdict in case relating to death of 75-year-old Audrey Fyfe in August 2011

by Simon_MacMichael   April 9, 2013  

Audrey Fyfe pic courtesy Scotsman.jpg

A motorist found guilty yesterday of causing the death by careless  driving of 75-year-old Edinburgh cyclist Audrey Fyfe had been convicted of a previous offence 27 years ago.

The revelation was made after the jury returned its verdict in the case of 49-year-old Gary McCourt at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, reports The Scotsman.

At his trial, McCourt had admitted “clipping” the rear wheel of Mrs Fyfe’s bike at the junction of Portobello Road and Craigentinny Avenue in August 2011. The victim had been returning home from her daughter’s house.

He described how he saw her “somersault” through the air, but denied having committed a criminal offence.

Following his conviction, deputy procurator fiscal Lesley Smith revealed his criminal record to the court, saying; “He was convicted in 1986 of causing death by reckless driving.”

Sheriff James Scott has deferred sentencing, which will take place on 3 May, pending reports on McCourt’s character, and said: “On any view this is an extremely sad case.”

Mrs Fyfe had died two days after the incident from the injuries she sustained, and her funeral was attended by around 100 cyclists, many of them in the colours of CTC Lothians, which she had belonged to for more than half a century and where she met her husband of more than fifty years, Ian.

Following her death, Mrs Fyfe’s organs were donated to help others, in line with her wishes.

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Maybe *this* team they'll keep him off the road

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [555 posts]
9th April 2013 - 11:12

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Anyone else see catch the convenient use of words here -

"McCourt had admitted “clipping” the rear wheel of Mrs Fyfe’s bike"

i.e. I barely touched her, it was an accident. Shortly followed by -

"He described how he saw her “somersault” through the air"

Which suggests he drive through the back of the bike at speed. Given the result I think we know which is true.

posted by racingcondor [117 posts]
9th April 2013 - 11:31

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racingcondor wrote:
Anyone else see catch the convenient use of words here -

"McCourt had admitted “clipping” the rear wheel of Mrs Fyfe’s bike"

i.e. I barely touched her, it was an accident. Shortly followed by -

"He described how he saw her “somersault” through the air"

Which suggests he drive through the back of the bike at speed. Given the result I think we know which is true.

Suppose it might have felt like a mere 'clip' from inside a ton of steel box, but I'm guessing not from the vantage point of 10kgs of alu.

What I can't fathom is how, after killing someone previously, the driver could be any less than super-careful around other road users. Maybe he just doesn't give a sh*t.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3355 posts]
9th April 2013 - 12:46

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He doesn't give a sh*t. Because that's the message society sends. It doesn't matter if you kill somebody using a car.

Nothing will happen to this person at all. Points on the license.

posted by Animal [33 posts]
9th April 2013 - 13:00

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Another tradegy, unfortunately I totally agree with Animal nothing will come of it, at most 6 months to a year and then that danger will be back on our roads and the guys attitude will not have changed at all.

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posted by swiftsquirrell [24 posts]
9th April 2013 - 13:17

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I believe that all drivers in the UK should have a compulsory hour a year on a bike in rush hour on an A class road. Most I come across simply have no comprehension of what it is like being a cyclist. Making them do time on a bike in real road conditions could go a long way to addressing this...

Tankslapper

posted by Tankslapper [1 posts]
9th April 2013 - 14:36

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Tankslapper wrote:
all drivers..should have a compulsory hour a year on a bike in rush hour on an A class road.

Totally agree.

It used to be said that all car drivers should have to learn about road surfaces, weather, traffic, appropriate speed etc by learning on a moped.

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posted by Luminosity [73 posts]
9th April 2013 - 15:06

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Totally agree with tankslapper too. Would change a lot of attitudes and behavior - we might even get the same level of consideration horse riders get (probably a bit optimistic here!?) Thinking

Pastaman

posted by pastaman [220 posts]
9th April 2013 - 15:33

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All new drivers should undertake cycle training during driving lessons and be made to cycle their test route.

The inevitable sick, lame and lazy should get dragged around in a cycle trailer, possibly the most frightening prospect.

posted by Simon05 [1 posts]
9th April 2013 - 19:50

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Everytime I ride out alone I wonder if it could be the day I meet one of these psychopaths. I reckon there must be a fair few cycle deaths that aren't accidents at all.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1072 posts]
9th April 2013 - 20:46

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