An Aberdeen man on trial accused of leaving an eight-year-old boy seriously injured in a moped crash told officers “it was me” when asked about a dangerous driving incident, a court has heard.
Paul Jessiman was visited by officers the day after the child was allegedly knocked off his blue BMX bicycle on September 3 2017 in the Cornhill area of Aberdeen.
Giving evidence at the trial yesterday, Detective Constable Lewis Murray said he had gone to Jessiman’s home on Gladstone Place to ask if he knew of the alleged incident involving his moped.
DC Murray said he had asked Jessiman about an alleged dangerous driving incident the previous day.
When asked what Jessiman’s reply was, he said: “Jessiman said – ‘it was me, and it’s silver’.”
Jessiman, 20, is facing charges of causing a child severe injury by driving dangerously on a closed-off section of road near where the boy was playing.
He is claimed to have failed to have taken appropriate action to avoid the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who was on a bicycle.
Jessiman is further claimed to have been driving with no insurance and without a licence, and failing to report an accident to the police.
Depute fiscal Katy Begg asked forensic scientist for the Scottish Police Authority Louise Sonstebo if she thought the silver paint smear found on the blue BMX could have come from the moped.
Giving evidence, Ms Sonstebo concluded the BMX had “forceful contact” with the moped and with “significant enough” force that it broke down a “solid paint into a smear”.
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Defence lawyer Graeme Morrison called another paint expert, Alan Henderson.
Mr Henderson agreed he had “no problem” with the suggestion the silver paint found on the BMX could have come from the moped, but highlighted that another smear of blue paint found on the plastic bumper of the moped would have been “disregarded” if he had been investigating.
He explained that under detailed forensic chemical testing, an element was found in the paint sample on the moped’s bumper which was not visible on the sample taken from the BMX.
Mr Henderson said: “I would have gone back to the BMX and would have taken further control samples as it is possible more than one paint was used to paint the different section of the bike during construction.”
The trial, before Sheriff Morag McLauchlan, will continue at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today.