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Bin lorry driver faces trial over death of Dunblane pensioner

A bin lorry driver will go on trial in September charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Scott Hamilton, 43, is said to have reversed and struck 80-year-old Peter Wills in Dunblane in December 2014.

Mr Wills, who was in an electric wheelchair, was severely injured and later died.

Mr Hamilton offered a plea of guilty to the lesser charge of driving without due care and attention. This was rejected by prosecutors.

He will now stand trial in September.

The dangerous driving charge, which Hamilton denies, said the incident happened in Dunblane's Sheriffmuir Road.

Prosecutors claim Mr Hamilton reversed his vehicle without taking adequate steps to "ensure that it was safe to do so".

He is also alleged to have done this without using the "trained reversing assistant" provided to him.

It is stated Mr Hamilton then hit Mr Wills - who was in a motorised wheelchair at the time - and that the pensioner was left so severely injured he died.

Mr Wills was a retired modern languages teacher and had lived in the local area for about 40 years.

The grandfather was also a SNP activist and stood as a candidate in the 2003 council elections.

Judge Lord Burns set a trial due to take place in September in Stirling.

Bail for Mr Hamilton, of Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, was continued.

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