A WOMAN who reversed over a pensioner, breaking his leg, has been fined £450.

Jacqueline Martin, of James Campbell Road, Ayr admitted reversing from her driveway, failing to take proper observations, checking her mirrors and striking the 85-year-old causing him to fall to the ground.

The 31-year-old appeared before Sheriff Mhari Mactaggart at Ayr Sheriff Court last week. The court heard how the victim was Martin’s neighbour and required a walking stick to help him move about.

He had decided to go for a walk on April, 27 last year shortly before the incident took place.

Depute fiscal Scott Toal explained: “The accused was placing her young children into the car.

“She approached her driveway but it seems that he did not check the rear view mirror. She struck the man and ran over him. 

“The man was conscious but was asking for the car to be lifted off him. Emergency services lifted the car and he was taken to Ayr Hospital.

“He had a broken leg and remained in hospital for two days. He was alone and had to get additional care at home.”

Defending, Ian Gillies said: “Ms Martin is a self employed hairdresser. This has been a traumatic experience for her and the gentleman. 

“She was driving at two or three miles an hour but the accused just did not see him. It was a moment’s inattention. 

“Ms Martin has one minor conviction in 2006 and already has three penalty points. I wonder if your Ladyship could deal with this with some leniency.”

Sheriff Mactaggart said: “I am not going to disqualify you because you have young children who rely on you.

“I will endorse your licence with eight penalty points so one more and you will lose your licence.”