Careless driving conviction

A hotel manager has been cleared of causing the death of a motorcyclist in a fatal accident on the A1.

Michael Giacopazzi, 48, was instead convicted of careless driving and causing the collision between his Land Rover and 33-year-old biker James Marlow.

In an 8 day trial at Jedburgh sheriff court the jury deleted the charge that he had caused the death of the IT worker and instead convicted the father of two of careless drving by a majority verdict.

Sheriff Donald Corke explained that his sentence had nothing to do with Mr Marlow and said he did not see the point in banning Giacopazzi from driving pointing out his clean 30 year driving record.

He imposed a fine of £600 and endorsed his driving licence with six penalty points.

Sheriff Corke said:

"Following the verdict of the jury, you have been cleared of causing the death of Mr Marlow.

"I would like to express my sympathy to his family.

"The sentence has nothing to do with his death.

"I have got to deal with it as a normal Section Three offence which is something you see day in and day out but not in these circumstances.

"This was a moment of carelessness in very difficult conditions.

"I take into account you have a clean record and have been under considerable strain defending yourself against the allegation of causing the death of Mr Marlow."

– Sheriff Corke