A TEENAGER has appeared in court in connection with a car crash that claimed the lives of three of his close friends.
Robbie Gemmell, 16, has been charged with causing the deaths of his three school friends and attempting to defeat the ends of justice following the smash in November last year.
Mr Gemmell, from Dunbar, East Lothian, made no plea or declaration and was bailed during his appearance in private at Haddington Sheriff Court.
Jenna Barbour, 18, Josh Stewart, 16 and 15-year-old David Armstrong, all from Dunbar, all sustained fatal injuries following the crash.
The Peugot 206 the friends had been travelling in is said to have come off the road and struck a wall near Tyninghame, East Lothian, on 25 November 2013.
The date of Mr Gemmell’s next court appearance is still to be confirmed.
A statement released on behalf of Miss Barbour’s family following the accident said they were “completely devastated” by her death.
The family said: “We were all immensely proud of Jenna and everything she achieved in her life. She was always a delight to be around and the family each have very fond memories of our holidays together.”
While David Armstrong’s mother Andrea said: “David was a kind-hearted and good-mannered boy, who was always respectful of adults and his peers and was a loving brother to his sister.”
Josh’s parents Susan and Mark said: “Josh was a much loved son, nephew, grandson and cousin, and a loyal friend. He was a joy to anyone who knew him and the people that met Josh and his smile would never forget him.”