Local vehicle was dealing with patient, says Ambulance Service

THE local ambulance which could have been seconds from the scene of a Minnigaff stabbing in which a man died was not off the road, it was confirmed this week, but dealing with a separate incident.

In last week’s sentencing of Minnigaff man Paul McCann, who admitted killing Davie Brown last October, Donald Finlay QC had said: “One can say with some degree of certainty that if the local ambulance had been on call, it may well be the deceased would have survived.”

A 999 call was made at midnight but it took 43 minutes for the paramedics to arrive at the McGregor Drive house.

However, a Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said this week that the vehicle wasn’t simply off the road, but dealing with another patient.

He said: “The local ambulance in Newton Stewart was with a patient at the time, who required to be transferred to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment.

“The next nearest available ambulance was in Stranraer, and this was sent immediately.”

Mr Finlay had added during the sentencing at Edinburgh High Court: “I am not criticising anyone but there were two ambulances in the general area and one was based five minutes or so from the incident. That was off the road for whatever reason, and the other ambulance came from Stranraer and collected the doctor en route.”