Man sentenced For Attempted Murder of Motorcyclists on A7 Selkirk to Langholm Road

A man has been sentenced for attempted murder in Selkirk.  Barry Smith, aged 42, was sentenced to eight years in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday, 21 August, 2023 for attempted murder.

On Saturday, 24 July, 2021 two men sustained serious injuries after Smith deliberately drove a van at a group of motorbike riders on the A7, just south of Selkirk.

At the time, Barry Smith was acting as a support driver for a ride out involving around 100 motorcycles. The men injured were part of a different motorcycle club.

Detective Sergeant Barry Roebuck, of Galashiels CID, said: “This was an entirely avoidable and needless incident, which will have long-lasting effect on both the victims and now the perpetrator who will  face the consequences of his actions with this sentence.
“This kind of violence will not be tolerated in our communities and I hope the court outcome sends a clear message to those involved in serious crime that we are committed to seeking out those responsible and bringing them to justice.”

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