A driver who mowed down a bagpipe player and left him fighting for life escaped with a £130 fine and NO road ban - despite moaning in court his punishment was ''unfair.''

Builder Saeed Ur Rehman, 37 knocked over Stephen Sumner in the street, then as the 67-year lay stricken with eight broke ribs and a punctured lung told him: ''You can claim off me now.''

Mr Sumner, from Colne, Lancs, who has played bagpipes for the Queen at Balmoral Castle and also for the Duke of Kent was kept in hospital for four months where doctors warned his wife three times he was close to death. He has now been left with an unsightly scar across his back as a result of the collision.

At Burnley magistrates court Rehman who already had three points on his driving licence from a previous motoring offence admitted careless driving and as well as the fine, he was given just six points on his licence, and ordered to pay £105 in costs - at the rate of £30 a month. As being was being sentence Rehman said: " This is not fair with me.''

But at his home Mr Sumner who plays with the Scots Guards Association at the Edinburgh Tattoo said: ''I don’t think the man should be driving because of what he has done. He must have been coming at some speed given the injuries I suffered - and I would have thought what he did was dangerous driving.''

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