Lewis Presbytery responds to OAP sentencing over death of Rev Thomas Sinclair

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The Presbytery Clerk of Lewis has responded to yesterday’s (Tuesday) sentencing of a pensioner who caused the death of Rev Thomas Sinclair in Edinburgh during last year’s General Assembly.

Kelman Edwards,78, from Edinburgh, had been dropping off his daughter at the station when he found the ramp blocked by a new security barrier.

As he reversed back up on to the main road his foot hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

His automatic car sped across the road, hitting Rev Sinclair (78), who was attending the General Assembly in his capacity as Presbytery Clerk. He died at the scene.

Mr Edwards, who pled guilty to causing the death by careless driving, has been banned from driving for four years and given a restriction order.

John Cunningham, Presbytery Clerk of Lewis, said: “This has been a great tragedy for all involved. As a Presbytery, our prayers are with Mrs Pam Sinclair and her family who are now reliving the horror of 2014. But our prayers are also with Mr Edwards and his family as he tries to come to terms with the life changing consequences of this dreadful accident. Above all, we commit all concerned to the love and care of our Sovereign God who works out all things for good for those who trust him.”