A dad is to stand trial accused of causing a crash by squirting drivers with water from a garden hose. Darren Fotheringham, 23, is said to have put motorists at risk with the spray as he played with his kids.
And it’s claimed his actions caused a collision between the vehicles of Robert Piper and Amy Skelton outside his home in Cowie, Stirlingshire.Because, I suppose, water falling from the skies of Scotland is such an unknown occurrence, it’s no surprise it causes panic and avoiding action in even experienced motorists?
Outside the court following yesterday’s hearing, the father of two told reporters: “I can’t say too much as we are going to trial, but it was a hot Sunday and we were in the garden playing round the kids’ paddling pool. If there was an accident then it certainly wasn’t my fault.”Unless that’s a powerful enough hose to cause a car to veer off course (and if that’s so, it’d surely be unsafe around the kiddiewinks?) it’s hard to see that he doesn’t have a point there…
Nevertheless, the Scottish equivalent of the CPS is ploughing ahead:
Fotheringham faces a single charge that he “culpably and recklessly aimed a water hose into the faces of passing motorists” near his home at Mount Oliphant, Cowie on May 27 — one of the hottest days of the year.*sigh*
Prosecutor Claire Bremner told the hearing two witnesses had been cited and the Crown was prepared for trial. Fotheringham’s lawyer Ken Dalling said his client was maintaining his not guilty plea and the defence was also prepared. Sheriff Wyllie Robertson continued the case for trial on October.One to watch….
H/T: Old Holborn via Twitter