At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Stacey sentenced Anthony Grant to 8 years in prison after he pled guilty to causing death by careless driving while under in the influence of alcohol. On the 8 June 2011 John Edward Quinnin died on the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Road.

On sentencing Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

“John Quinnin was a much loved son. Nothing I can say can lessen the grief his family feel at his loss. I know from the statement provided for me from his mother and father how overwhelming that loss has been and how that grief will continue. I recognise from the letter you have written which has been provided for me that you say as follows

‘I can’t and won’t ever be able to soothe the pain loss and stress I have caused John’s family.’

You are correct in thinking that and you will have to live with that knowledge for the rest of your life.

You chose to drive that night when you were under the influence of alcohol. You then drove on a country road you did not know at a speed which was much too fast. You lost control and the accident which ensued caused the tragedy of your friend’s death.

You had no valid licence and so no insurance.

Your record is very troubling. You have convictions for driving without a licence and without insurance. You have two convictions for driving which under the influence of alcohol. You have other convictions. You are plainly a danger to yourself and to other road users.

Therefore I have to take a very serious view of these offences. I have read carefully all that has been written in the social work report and in the letters from your doctor. I accept that you have shown remorse for you actions. I am grateful to your uncle, Mr McAndrew who has taken the time to write to me. I am sure he would agree that your interest in cars has to be accompanied by a responsible attitude which so far you have not shown.

I have considered all that has been ably said on your behalf by Mr Taylor. I note that you pled guilty at the first opportunity, by a s.76 indictment. I will therefore discount the sentence I pass by one third.

On charge 1 you are sentenced to imprisonment of 8 years, being discounted from 12. You are disqualified form obtaining a driving licence for 10 years and until you pass the extended test.

On charge 2 you are sentenced to 16 months imprisonment and that is discounted from 2 years. You are disqualified for 2 years.

Both of these sentences will start on 13 June 2012 when I remanded you in custody”.



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