A 10-year-old boy who was allegedly knocked down by a moped will have to wait more than a decade to have his teeth repaired, a trial has heard.
Paul Jessiman is on trial accused of hitting the boy by driving a moped dangerously in the Cornhill area of Aberdeen on September 3 2017.
Jessiman, of Gladstone Place, Aberdeen, denies the charge and insists he found the boy hurt and tried to help him.
The 20-year-old is also alleged to have failed to report the crash to police.
The jury was shown photographs of the-then eight-year-old after he underwent surgery, including 27 internal stitches inside his mouth.
His father said the pictures did not even show the full extent of the trauma because it was after his teeth, which had been knocked out but ultimately could not be saved, had been “rammed back in”.
“It looked like a shotgun wound,” he told Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The jurors heard that because he had suffered a head injury, the boy could not be knocked out while he was being operated on.
His dad said: “And it’s still not over. No one’s crueller than kids and he’s been ridiculed because none of his teeth fit him – he’s been through about nine sets of teeth so far.
“They just don’t work, some of them get knocked out with Doritos.”
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The court heard that, ultimately, the boy will have to have part of his hip removed and inserted into his mouth so he can have dentures fitted, however, this operation will have to wait until he is 21.
The boy’s mother also gave evidence and said in the aftermath of the incident she had begged for Jessiman to call an ambulance but he refused to hand his phone over.
Under cross-examination by defence agent Graeme Morrison, both said they did not see what led up to their son being injured, but assumed Jessiman and his associate William Dunlop had been involved because they were at the scene.
The boy’s father denied hitting either Jessiman or his associate but said there had been “pushing and shoving” as he attempted to get Jessiman’s phone.
The trial, before Sheriff Morag McLauchlan, continues.