Widow wants £1.1m from ex-cop who killed husband

Lisa Douglas wants compensation following the death of her husband in a hit-and-run accident. Picture: Jane Barlow
Lisa Douglas wants compensation following the death of her husband in a hit-and-run accident. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A widow has launched a £1.1 million damages action against a former police officer who killed her husband in a hit-and- run accident in Edinburgh city centre.

Pc Hamaad Khalid, 27, drove off after knocking down 41-year-old Martin Douglas on New Year’s Day three years ago.

Mr Douglas’s widow Lisa, has lodged a civil action in the Court of Session for compensation.

For despite driving off immediately after the accident Khalid was never prosecuted and was never given a breath test when he returned to the scene some seven minutes later.

Mrs Douglas of Niddrie says she is not taking the action entirely for herself but for her children Martina, 19, Thomas, 17, and nine-year-old Ben

The 35-year-old who suffers from the lung condition emphysema, says the stress of the case has seriously affected her health and life expectancy.

She added: “This is not about money but getting justice for Martin who was my husband. I want to know why the driver was not breath-tested or drug-tested at the time, why he did not stop and if he could have avoided hitting my husband in the first place.

She is seeking £500,000 and £200,000 each for the three children. Lisa, who has been given legal aid to fund her claim, was celebrating New Year with trucker Martin on the night he died.

They spent several hours in a bar before the accident in Union Place, near the Playhouse Theatre, shortly after 4am on January 1, 2011.

Mr Khalid, who resigned from the police last year, had finished a shift at Drylaw police station in the city.

Insurers acting for Mr Khalid have told Lisa’s solicitors they intend to defend the claim, which will be heard later this year.

By the time he returned to the scene paramedics had arrived and were battling to save Martin, who died later in hospital.

A charge of leaving the scene of an accident was dropped against Khalid in April 2011. Another police force, Central Scotland – were called in to investigate after Lothian and Borders admitted failing to breath-test their officer.

Central Scotland Police also probed claims that Khalid was using a mobile phone prior to the accident and that a second driver may have hit Martin.

A misconduct probe into the officers who originally investigated Martin’s death was also carried out.

Family solicitor Mark Thorley has appealed for the 60 or so witnesses believed to be in the area at the time of the accident to come forward.

Police Scotland said: “A full report on the matter was submitted to the Crown Office.He is no longer a serving ppolice officer.”