Mr Shields who crashed into a woman’s car causing her death last year has been jailed for five years. He has also been given a driving ban of seven years and six months. The accused pled guilty to the charge of death by dangerous driving after a crash near Dumfries. Mr Shields was caught on the trucks CCTV checking his phone immediately before the crash happened.

The victim’s husband has spoken out stating he hopes the sentence will prevent others driving in this manner. Mr Shields defence team stated: “He has asked (us) to apologise to Mrs Blackman’s family and is ashamed of his actions that day.” Lady Stacey when sentencing Mr Shields pointed out that he was a professional driver and should have noticed the queue of traffic but did not because it was on his phone stating, “I know you did not intend the catastrophic result, but you should have known the terrible risk you were taking.”