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Drink-driver killed son's friend in Aberdeenshire crash

Brendon Main
Image caption Brendon Main died in hospital after the Newburgh collision

A drink-driver killed his son's best friend in a crash in Aberdeenshire, a court has heard.

Window cleaner James Watson, 38, of Dunblane, admitted causing the death of Brendon Main, 19, of Aberdeen, by driving dangerously.

The crash happened in Newburgh on 24 July 2011.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Judge Lord Burns remanded him in custody and deferred sentencing until 19 March at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Levi Watson - Watson's son - and Michael Smith, two other passengers in the car, were also hurt.

The court heard Mr Main drove Watson, the accused's 18-year-old son and Mr Smith, 17, to the Ythan Hotel.

The plan was for Mr Main to leave his Ford Fiesta in the car park overnight and that the three teenagers would stay with Watson.

The court heard the group had about three rounds of drinks at the hotel.

However, Watson decided to drive when they later left and the boys joined him in Mr Main's car.

Witnesses described seeing the Fiesta being driven extremely fast and with noises of a loud exhaust and changing up through the gears.

The car crashed and spun.

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