A MAN who suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury when he was mown down by the son of Rangers legend Ally McCoist is seeking half-a-million pounds in compensation.

Stephan Murdoch, 23, was struck by a sports car being driven at high speed by Argyll McCoist as he used a pedestrian crossing in Bishopton.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard how Mr McCoist, of Houston, raced through a red light and ploughed into his victim before driving off in his uninsured £20,000 Audi.

Bishopton man Mr Murdoch spent a week in hospital and had to use crutches for six months after the collision, which took place on December 3, 2016.

He has now began proceedings against 21-year-old Mr McCoist at the Court of Session in Edinburgh in a bid to win compensation.

Following a short procedural hearing in court yesterday, judge Lord Bannatyne made an interim award to Mr Murdoch of £5,000.

In September last year, Mr McCoist admitted a charge of driving without insurance and causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew sentenced him to 280 hours of unpaid work and he was also electronically tagged on a Restriction of Liberty Order for six months.

In addition, he was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Pettigrew told Mr McCoist: “I am satisfied that you are genuinely remorseful, bitterly regretting the manner of your driving, which while neither planned nor premeditated was undoubtedly reckless and immature.”

The court heard that Mr McCoist had been speeding through Bishopton when he struck Mr Murdoch at around 9.30pm.

Depute procurator fiscal Pamela Brady said that, following the accident, Mr Murdoch 
becomes “particularly anxious” when he has to cross a road.

She added: “He has also developed problems with sleep and becomes sick and nauseous when he lies down. This results in him becoming agitated. He has had to attend his GP regarding issues with sleep, anxiety, depression and pain.”

According to papers lodged in the Court of Session, lawyers acting for Mr Murdoch claim he suffers psychological and physical health problems as a consequence of the collision.

The sum being sued for covers loss of past and future earnings, the cost of medical treatment and the loss of pension benefits.

It also covers the costs of “a dietician and a personal trainer.”

Mr McCoist is contesting the action.

A full hearing in the case is expected to take place in January.

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