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Moray death crash drink-driver Murray Geddes jailed

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Image caption Murray Geddes admitted the crime

A drink-driver who got behind the wheel because he was "fed up waiting for a taxi" then crashed and killed his friend has been jailed for nine years.

Murray Geddes, 37, from Aberlour in Moray, admitted causing the death of passenger Graeme McKenzie, also 37, by driving dangerously on the A941 Craigellachie to Rothes road in May.

Mr McKenzie, an offshore worker from Rothes, was thrown from the vehicle.

Geddes was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Geddes told police after the fatal crash that he had taken his Audi S3 from the pub because he was fed up waiting for a taxi.

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Image caption Graeme McKenzie died when he was thrown from the vehicle in the crash

A motorist who was overtaken by Geddes later said: "I would say it was like a speed demon."

A witness saw the car fail to negotiate a bend and leave the road. It became airborne and spun three times.

Offshore driller Geddes had a speeding conviction from March for driving at 93mph in a 60mph zone on the A96 near Huntly.

Defence counsel David Moggach said the victim was a close and long-standing friend of Geddes.

He said: "It is something he will never forget. He will live with the consequences of this for the remainder of his life."

Judge Lord Glennie said: "You have lost a close friend, but his family have lost a son, a brother, a husband and a father."

He added: "I accept the genuineness of your remorse."

Lord Glennie also disqualified Geddes from driving for 12 years and said the ban would continue until he passed a test.

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