HMA v Natasha Scott

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 4 July 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced Natasha Scott to three years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Kai Milligan by dangerous driving.

On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

“Miss Scott, you pled guilty to dangerous driving which led to the death of Kai Milligan and serious injury to Ross Jess. Less serious injuries were caused to your other passengers and to yourself

“Nothing that I can say or do can take away from the grief felt by Mr Milligan’s parents and family and friends. He was a young man whose loss is keenly felt. That loss cannot be made up. You know that your dangerous driving caused his death and you have to live with that knowledge.

“You also caused serious injury to another young man which has had a big effect on his life. The injury caused to Ross Jess was very serious and may have long lasting consequences for him. That too was caused by your dangerous driving.

“The accident happened because you failed to control your car when negotiating a hill crest and left hand bend. While the exact speed you were driving cannot be ascertained, it is clear that you increased your speed on a straight section of road and then failed to drive at a reasonable speed when you came to the hill crest and bend.

“I accept the submission that this is case described in level 3 of the English guidelines.

You were young and inexperienced at the time, but you were old enough to have a licence and get behind the wheel of a car. In doing so you, like every other driver, had to take responsibility for the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users. The way in which you drove showed that you did not fulfil your duty.

“I know that you did not deliberately set out to injure anyone, but as a driver you have to realise what terrible consequences there can be if you drive dangerously. You knew that road, but you did not drive properly for the layout of the road.

“I have taken careful account of all that has been said on your behalf. I have also read the report from the social worker. I note in your favour that you have no convictions.

“You have always admitted responsibility for what happened and you feel guilty and ashamed of the harm you have caused. I accept that your own health has been affected by the aftermath of the accident.

“I also take into account the fact that you have a young child, still less than a year old. I understand that you have moved back from your own tenancy to your parents’ home and that they are able and prepared to care for him.

“I have decided that a custodial sentence is necessary, and there is no alternative in terms of section 204 of the Criminal (Procedure)(Scotland) Act 1995, in light of all of the circumstances, as the consequences of your actions are so severe. I will impose a sentence of three years’ imprisonment.

“I will order you to be disqualified from driving for a lengthy period, of five years, and order that you resit the test before getting a licence in future. Your licence will be endorsed.

“I have applied a discount to the sentence as I am bound by law to do, of approximately 25 per cent.”