A PEDESTRIAN who was left with a brain injury as a result of being run over by the son of Rangers legend Ally McCoist has reached an out-of-court settlement after suing for £500,000.

Stephan Murdoch, 24, launched the civil action for damages after being hit by a car driven by Argyll McCoist at a crossing in Bishopton on December 3, 2016.

A hearing was due to take place this month but lawyers for Mr Murdoch announced on Monday that the matter has been settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

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Mr Murdoch was suing for damages relating to his injuries, as well as loss of earnings and cost of specialised treatment.

Chris Stewart, a partner at Digby Brown Solicitors, said: “Mr Murdoch suffered injuries that will adversely impact the rest of his life.

“He has shown tremendous fortitude throughout and I am proud that we have been able to help as he looks to the future.”

McCoist, 21, pleaded guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court in September 2018 to driving without insurance and causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

The court heard how his uninsured sports car struck Mr Murdoch at a crossing.
McCoist, of Houston, raced through a red light before driving off in his £20,000 Audi.

Mr Murdoch suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury. He also spent a week in hospital and had to use crutches for six months.

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

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

Passing sentence at the time, Sheriff Pettigrew said: “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.”

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After the criminal case ended, lawyers acting for Mr Murdoch went to the Court of Session in a bid to win compensation from McCoist.

Following a short procedural hearing in November, judge Lord Brailsford awarded summary decree to Mr Murdoch.

A date was then set for proceedings to deal with the level of damages Mr Murdoch should receive but the out-of-court settlement means this will no longer go ahead.

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