Driver who killed Perthshire teacher in tragic bike collision is jailed for two years

Published date18 February 2022
Publication titleDaily Record, The / Sunday Mail: Web Edition Articles (Scotland)
Motorist Thomas Smith (76) struck dad Adam Pattinson (36) head on after driving into the opposing carriageway as he tried to pass a van and lorry when it was unsafe to do so

A judge told Smith at the High Court in Edinburgh that the death of Mr Pattinson – dad to a young son, a popular teacher at Craigclowan School inPerthshireand captain ofPerthshireRugby Club – has been “wholly life-changing” for the victim’s family.

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Lord Arthurson said he had taken time to read impact statements prepared by close family members and added that they were “universally eloquent and harrowing”.

“Mr Pattinson’s life was a full life, but a life nevertheless cruelly cut short with many happy and fulfilling years with his family and in his career lying ahead of him,” said Lord Arthurson.

“No sentence that this court could impose could ever begin to reduce the sheer scale of grief felt by that family as they contemplate the loss of Mr Pattinson.”

He told Smith: “Mr Pattinson was a skilled and proficient cyclist who had been wearing full cycling clothing and equipment, including a helmet and a high visibility jacket.

“He was appropriately positioned. There was sufficient time to amend your driving but you did not do that.

Lord Arthurson said that he took into account the genuine remorse of Smith, his age and poor health and his previously unblemished driving record.

Smith was banned from driving for seven years.

Smith, of Kestrel Way, in Perth, earlier admitted causing the death of Mr Pattinson on February 28 in 2020 on the A912 Aberargie to Bridge of Earn road, inPerth and Kinross, by driving dangerously.

Mr Pattinson was working at Craigclowan prep school, on the outskirts of Perth, and married with a seven-month-old son Fraser at the time of his death.

Advocate depute William Frain-Bell said: “He was a very enthusiastic teacher at this school where he had been a pupil.

“His local community was very important to him as was demonstrated by his commitment to the school andPerthshireRugby Club.”

The prosecutor said many tributes were paid by pupils who described him as the ‘BFT’ - Big Friendly Teacher.

On the morning of his death Mr Pattinson told his wife Claire that he was going for a bike ride and would see her later.

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She was expecting him home before he went to work.

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