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Robert Thornton avoids jail term over Scott Johnston crash death

Robert Thornton
Image caption Robert Thornton admitted causing his friend's death by careless driving

A teenager who admitted causing the death of his best friend by careless driving on New Year's Day in the Borders has avoided a jail sentence.

Robert Thornton, 18, of Lauder, was ordered to carry out unpaid work and banned from driving for four years.

He had previously admitted being behind the wheel at the time of the crash which killed Scott Johnston, 18, of Earlston, on 1 January this year.

Thornton must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within a year.

He will also have to sit an extended test to get his licence back after his driving ban.

Thornton was not insured to drive the car involved in the accident, his great uncle's Mitsubishi Evo.

He was seriously hurt in the crash and spent three months in hospital with his injuries following the crash near Westruther.

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