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Driver jailed for eight years for killing two Aberdeen AM employees

Driver jailed for eight years for killing two Aberdeen AM employees

The Lorry driver who killed two Aberdeen Asset Management employees has been jailed for eight years.

Global equity manager Andrew McMenigall (pictured right) and senior relationship manager Toby Wallace (left) were killed during a charity cycle near Newquay.

Robert Palmer pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to two counts of dangerous driving. He was banned from driving for 10 years.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said Palmer was far too tired to be driving and should have been aware of the 'extreme fatigue and exhaustion' that he was suffering. 

Clark said 32 year-old Palmer had 'almost certainly' fallen asleep at the wheel.  

McMenigall and Wallace were cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise funds for the Kirsten Scott Memorial, a trust set up in memory of their former colleague who lost her battle with cancer in October 2011.

McMenigall, who was married with two daughters, joined Aberdeen in 1997 and was a senior investment manager in the global equity team based in Edinburgh. A keen tri-athlete, he graduated as an officer in the British Army from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst before completing an MBA at the University of Edinburgh.

Wallace was married and served as a senior relationship manager in Aberdeen's Philadelphia office. He joined the company in 2000 as a graduate trainee from Jesus College, Cambridge.

Commenting on today's news, a company spokesperson said: 'Andrew and Toby were dedicated and popular members of our senior team who are sadly missed by colleagues and friends across the world. 

'The fact that they died in such tragic circumstances while trying to help others less fortunate tells you much about their selflessness and humanity. Our thoughts are with the families of Andrew and Toby who continue to deal with the consequences of their dreadful loss.'

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