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Anthony Grant appeals over A75 fatal crash sentence

Anthony Grant
Image caption Anthony Grant was jailed for eight years at the High Court in Edinburgh

A Newcastle man is appealing against his eight-year sentence for causing the death of his friend in a crash on the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway last year.

Lawyers acting for Anthony Grant, 22, of Bellister Grove, have argued that the jail term was "excessive".

His passenger - John Quinnin, 22, of Cramlington - died in the crash near Kirkcowan in Wigtownshire in June 2011.

Appeal judges said they wished to consider their view and would give a decision as soon as possible.

Grant was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh in July after he admitted causing Mr Quinnin's death by driving carelessly and while over the drink drive limit.

He was told he had a "very troubling record" with previous convictions for driving without a licence and drink driving.

Lady Stacey told him he would have faced a 12-year prison sentence following the offence, but for his early guilty plea.

Bad bend

However, his solicitor advocate David Taylor has now argued that starting point was excessive.

He also maintained that any carelessness involved in the driving was not prolonged or persistent.

Mr Taylor claimed the incident had occurred at a bad bend where there was inadequate advanced warning of the danger.

He added that his client had suffered "the tragedy of both losing his friend and being acutely aware that he was the cause of that".

He pointed out that Grant had been diagnosed with severe depression and was referred for bereavement counselling.

Lord Mackay, who heard the appeal with Lord Philip, said they wished to consider their view on the case and would give a judgement later.

He said they hoped to issue a decision as soon as possible.

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