Driver killed cyclist before digging grave and burying him with twin brother

A bloke has admitted killing a cyclist and abandoning him by the side of the road before later returning to bury the body with his twin brother.

Alexander McKellar and his twin Robert appeared at the High Court in Glasgow today (July 26) where they pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by burying him.

Alexander admitted causing the death of Mr Parsons by hitting him with his vehicle on the A82 near Bridge of Orchy on September 29, 2017.

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Both brothers were initially charged with murder but advocate Alex Prentice KC told the court the charges against them had been amended.

Alexander confessed to driving on the A82 at “excess speed and when unfit through alcohol” before hitting 63-year-old cyclist Mr Parsons with his Isuzu D-Max pick-up.

He then left Mr Parsons on the side of the road “in a remote location during the hours of darkness and in inclement weather”, causing his death. The court heard Alexander had "reckless regard" for his actions.

The charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice is said to have taken place between September 29, 2017, and January 3, 2021.

Mr Parsons’ remains were found in a remote area near a farm at Bridge of Orchy in January 2021.

Both brothers admitted leaving the site where Mr Parsons had been struck and returning in another vehicle, before placing the cyclist along with his bicycle and other belongings inside.

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They moved him to woods in Auch Estate and then another location which was used to dispose of dead animals.

The brothers then dug a grave and buried him, as well as disposing of his belongings.

They pretended the damage caused to their car had been due to striking a deer and sought to conceal that Mr Parsons had been hit by it.

After the pleas were accepted on Wednesday, Judge Lord Armstrong said the matter would be continued to the same court on Friday as prosecution and defence agree a joint narrative.

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