Army major pleads guilty

An army major from Peterhead last week pled guilty to health and safety charges in relation to the tragic death of 14-year-old Kaylee McIntosh from Fyvie.

Kaylee died while taking part in a cadet training exercise in the Outer Hebrides in 2007.

Major George McCallum appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court on Friday where he entered a guilty plea. Major McCallum was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act which carries no custodial sentence. The case is still on going and he has yet to be sentenced.

In a statement, Kaylee’s parents Lesley and Derek McIntosh said: ‘’We welcome that Major McCallum has taken the only honourable route available and pleaded guilty to the charge against him arising from the significant role he played in the wholly unnecessary death of our beloved daughter Kaylee. By pleading guilty Major McCallum has at least spared us the ordeal of sitting through a further legal hearing analysing the dreadful detail of Kaylee’s last moments and the unforgivable catalogue of errors that led to her death.”