Allan Duffus, 61, convicted of dangerous driving after involvement in THIRD fatal road smash
A FORMER motorcycle racing champion has been found guilty of dangerous driving following the death of a pensioner in a road traffic accident - his THIRD conviction for road crashes in which people have been killed.Last week, Visordown reported the news that Alan Duffus, 62, was accused of causing 67-year-old Senga Elder's death by dangerous driving .Following a five-day trial, Duffus was convicted of the lesser charge of dangerous driving.
However, after his conviction Dundee High Court was told this was Duffus' THIRD conviction over road crashes in which women had been killed.According to today's Scottish Daily Record, Duffus was found guilty of causing death by reckless driving after crashing a car in which his 23-year-old woman passenger died in 1980.Three years later, in 1983, he was in court again when he crashed his motorcycle into a car, causing the death of a 61-year-old mother-of-four.After the verdicts yesterday, Chief Inspector John Macdonald blasted both drivers' conduct.He said: "This was not a road accident, it was a brutal criminal act. So dangerous was the driving of these individuals, it was a miracle that only Senga lost her life."Motorbike dealer Duffus was found guilty of dangerous driving because of this incident and his excessive speed.Sentencing of the pair was deferred until next month after judge Lady Dorrian called for background reports.Duffus also declined to comment on the case as he left the building.Chief Insp Macdonald said: "All this lady was doing was walking home after a day's work and her life was taken in a moment of totally avoidable madness. If it were not for the actions of Whyte and Duffus, Senga Elder would still be with her family."
Posted: 09/11/2009 at 19:32
Once in a lifetime is an accident, twice is a million to one chance, but three times!!!! That's taking the p1ss!!!
Surely he wants locking up for good, for everyone else's saftey?!?!?
Posted: 10/11/2009 at 16:15
He claims he failed to see what happened, but returned to the scene a couple of hours later, then still failed to realise that he'd been involved? Even after having is car and mobile phone taken from him by the police he returns to his 'bank manager' friend and is still 'confused'? Aye, Right!
He's been described as a 'balloon' but hopefully the punishment he gets will take the wind out of him for good.
Posted: 10/11/2009 at 18:58
Its seems to me that most of you do not know either the facts or are to stupid to see through the usual media bollocks, of course they are going to make it sound like his invovement was greater than is really the case! Thats typical sensational journalism in the uk.
Fact: He has been found guilty of dangerous driving, allegedly causing a person to break and swerve, this happened well away from the accident sight and caused NO injury to ANYBODY!
Fact: The young lad who was resposible for the death confirmed that they were not racing(He indeed admited to trying to catch the BMW in front).
Fact: Loss of concentration on part of the corsa driver caused him to loose control, thus mounting the pavement and unfortunatley causing the death of an innocent person.
I'm so glad that all of you are holier-than-thou, obviously you all ride 100% to road conditions and never speed on your powerful motorcycles. I hope for your sake you dont fall foul of the facist legal system in the UK and if you do, dont expect sympathy.
How many of you actualy Know Alan Duffus personaly and actually now the details of the accidents you seem qualified to pass comment on?
My guess is none of you!!
Posted: 12/11/2009 at 16:07
Sorry Mark41 - I'm always sceptical about the papers but they don't misquote judges or falsify court records and neither do the police.
This guy was found guilty of causing death by reckless driving years ago and he has just been found guilty of dangerous driving...again. It's not clear what the outcome was in 83 to be fair. Given that he'd already been involved in 2 road deaths either directly or indirectly, you'd have thought that he'd be doing everything possible to avoid doing anything that resembles dangerous driving.
If the Chief Inspector was off the mark what he said : "This was not a road accident, it was a brutal criminal act. So dangerous was the driving of these individuals, it was a miracle that only Senga lost her life." then Duffus should sue but he's probably accurate.
Either way, this guy needs to slow down and wise up fast.
Posted: 12/11/2009 at 20:30
Posted: 13/11/2009 at 10:38
You're not the only one to read through the newspaper reports and suss out what is sensationalism and what is fact Mark41, (the 'Scotsman' gave him as a "TT legend", but 19th, 27th and 4DNF's a legend do not make!) but neither are you the only one to actually know the man.
Those who know him, whether as a former competitor, aquaintance of 40 years, or just a Fife newspaper reader will know that he is what he is being claimed and has been proven to be; a dangerous driver.
His claims that he no longer finds speed an attraction flies in the face of the facts, and his trips to foreign racetracks to indulge in a bit of tracktime, (not at speed?) and the fact that his car of choice is the BMW sportster he was driving surely show that? Anyone using the road between his home and the shop or many of the local roads will know exactly how he drives, (the private plate being the biggest giveaway)and the only surprise is that this has not happened before now. But then, we know that it has don't we? Twice.
I'd think, even if I didn't know the facts and was just a 'Tosser', that reading through the newspaper reports and statements from the eye witnesses would suggest that his actions on the day were intended as a 'brake test' on the other driver, equally to blame in all of this, and to claim he never saw or registered the outcome of their actions either at the time or when he later passed the scene would suggest that he should refrain from driving if his perception is so bad.
Driving within 100% of the law is something few if any driver/riders do, but there is a limit, and anyone who does not see the limit long before they are involved in accidents as often and as fully as Alan Duffus has been deserves to fall foul of the legal system, 'fascist' or otherwise.
If he goes to jail it might be just reward for his involvement in this tragic death, some may say it is overdue for the previous 'involvments', but this is the case being discussed and upon which he needs to be judged, not the others.
As garjon suggests, if Alan Duffus feels the Ch. Inspector is wrong in his asertion that this was a criminal act, and that "So dangerous was the driving of these individuals, it was a miracle that only Senga lost her life" then perhaps Mr Duffus will instruct his solicitor to sue to have reference to him retracted, as reference to the word 'racing' in all statements was so usefully removed in the court case?
Posted: 24/11/2009 at 17:33
DO you know Alan Duffus then Mark41?
Posted: 26/11/2009 at 18:52
Who are the 'TOSSERS" here. I think they are the people who are commenting as if they are in full possession of the facts and yet they are the usual people who like complaining about anyrhing
Lets judge on the facts:
1 - Alan was found "not guilty of racing"
2 - The co-accused stated that he "was not racing Alan"
3 - The judge said that "Alan was not responsible for causing the death"
If you ask me a 10 year ban is excessive for dangerous driving especially as the only evidence was that Alan caused someone to swerve.
The law is that this case had to be judged on its merits not on anything that happened in the past.
You "TOSSERS" should try puting your brain into gear before opening your mouths and talking about things you know nothing about.
Well done Mark41 - I'm with you
Posted: 21/12/2009 at 13:51
The holier-than-though approach to judgement of this case is a bit much considering that most of us ride/drive at a level often described legally as 'dangerous' - ton in a 70, etc.....
However, the man in question does drive like a fud.
Posted: 21/12/2009 at 14:33
Posted: 21/12/2009 at 14:42
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