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Father awarded £90,000 over son's Shetland work death

A father who sued the firm he owns following the death of his son at work in Shetland has been awarded £90,000.

James Thomson, 26, of Brae, was working in Levenwick in March 2007 when a gas canister exploded.

Dennis Thomson, 60, sued Dennis Thomson Builders Ltd for £100,000 compensation at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Mr Thomson Snr told the court that he did not think he would ever get over the death of his son and explained: "We saw each other every day."

A fatal accident inquiry into the death of the Shetland joiner previously concluded the circumstances leading to his death may never be known.

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