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Italian man jailed over Glasgow woman's A9 crash death

Andrea Mancioppi
Image caption Mancioppi was extradited when he failed to appear for trial last year

An Italian tourist who killed a woman in a head-on crash on the A9 has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Andrea Mancioppi, 31, from Rome, admitted causing death by dangerous driving on the Inverness to Perth road near Kingussie on 4 September 2008.

Linda Lindsay, 63, of Glasgow, and her husband were travelling to a holiday home when she was killed in the crash.

Mancioppi was described as an "impeccable young man" but his actions had devastated Mrs Lindsay's husband.

Accounts clerk Mancioppi was heading south in a queue of traffic and was a mile short of reaching an overtaking lane when he began his manoeuvre.

He claimed he had misinterpreted a road sign about the lane and had followed another vehicle.

The Lindsays were heading north to their holiday home in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore.

The court had earlier heard that as Mancioppi and Mr Lindsay headed for each other they both braked and seemed to head for the same lay-by in an attempt to avoid hitting each other.

Mrs Lindsay died instantly. Her husband Alan suffered a broken leg and was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by helicopter.

Mancioppi and his partner, Silvia Lombardi, were treated for minor injuries.

He was extradited from Italy when he failed to appear for his trial in October last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Matthews said it was a tragic case.

He told Mancioppi: "It has had and will have consequences for you and your family.

"You are a young man of impeccable character as is borne out by the numerous testimonials submitted on your behalf.

"On the other hand, Mr Lindsay, as well as being injured himself has suffered the loss of his wife. That has devastated him and the court has to mark that appropriately."

Lord Matthews said the sentence took into account his guilty plea.

He added that Mancioppi had listened to "bad advice" from people other than his Scottish advisers leading to his extradition.

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