Family of BBC Scotland Presenter Reported Slamming Court Sentence

The family of a BBC Scotland presenter who suffered serious brain damage, in a car crash caused by his wife, is reported attacking the sentence she has been given.

Reports the BBC website, TV producer Paula Mackinnon has been fined £1600 and banned from driving for two years after the car she was driving resulted in her Eorpa presenter husband, Colin, being so injured he’ll require to be looked after for the rest of his life.

Says “Stornoway Sheriff Court was told that Mrs Mackinnon was three times the legal [alchohol] limit when [she] failed to negotiate a bend at a junction on the A866 Portnaguran to Stornoway road and careered off the carriageway. As well as drink driving, she also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving with excessive speed, and not having proper insurance for the car which was borrowed from her father.”

The court also heard Colin Mackinnon’s injuries would have been less had he been wearing a seatbelt. The accident happened in October.

Mr Mackinnon's brother – who is not named by the BBC – is quoted, saying: “The sentence is outrageous. For something like this, a custodial sentence should have been considered. I am very disappointed with the two-year ban – it does not reflect the damage caused to Colin. [He] will never walk again and is brain damaged. Currently, at best he has the intelligence of a five year-old.”

It is also reported that Colin Mackinnon has been recently moved into a high dependency unit in a Glasgow hospital.

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