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A North-east mum-of-two who killed a pensioner after swerving onto the wrong side of the road has avoided jail – because a judge ruled it would interfere with her family life.
Anna-Marie Strachan, 29, from Fraserburgh, was convicted of causing the death of 73-year-old James Thomson by dangerous driving on the A90 near Rathen, on July 31, 2014.
Today at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Stacey ordered Strachan to perform 300 hours unpaid work in the community and banned her from driving for eight years.
Defence counsel Gavin Anderson argued that it would be a breach of article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights to imprison Strachan.
Mr Anderson said: “A prison sentence would interfere with the private and family life not only of Mrs Strachan, but also her husband Derek and their two children.”
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