Lorry driver banned after death of 27 pigs

A LORRY driver whose trailer overturned on the A75 killing 27 of the pigs he was transporting has been banned from driving for six months.

Robert Robinson, 39, of Hollybush Gardens, Northern Antrim, plead guilty to driving without due car and attention at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week after his HGV overturned by Wigtownshire County Golf Club, Glenluce on 12 May last year.

The court heard that Robinson approached a series of bends faster than the 40mph he was limited to whilst carrying 210 pigs to Essex, when he failed to make it around the corner and crossed the carriageway, tipping off the road.

A passing farmer witnessed the crash and called police before helping to arrange a rescue operation with 20 people who found the pigs to be in a highly distressed state, causing 27 to be humanely destroyed by a vet.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “This is a very bad case of driving a very large, very heavy vehicle on a road which is known to be difficult. The potential for catastrophe here was immense. You showed a gross lack of care.”

Robinson was banned for six months and fined £630.