The parents of a teenage Army cadet who drowned on a training exercise have pressed for other individuals to be prosecuted after a former officer was fined £5,000 for health and safety breaches.
Kaylee McIntosh, 14, died when she was pinned under a boat on Loch Carnan, South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, in August 2007. The schoolgirl, from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire, was one of 34 cadets taking part in the three-boat exercise.
Major George McCallum, 52, who was in charge of the boating operation, admitted a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act in relation to the incident and has been fined £5,000 at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Following the hearing, the cadet's parents called for criminal proceedings to be brought against other people in the wake of the incident.
Derek and Lesley McIntosh said: "We would like to say that today, like the many other steps there have been on our road to justice, is about one person: our daughter Kaylee. We will never forget her, her warm smile, infectious laughter and the love she gave us. We think of her every minute of every day.
"No parent should have to endure what we have - the taking away of one so young and so dear for the very worst of reasons: that those she thought were there to provide for her safety, to look after her, to see her back to the warmth, love and safety of her home, could not be bothered taking numerous basic, yet fundamental, precautions, any one of which, if taken, might have seen Kaylee still with us today."
They thanked Sheriff William Taylor for "making us feel he is as outraged as us regarding what happened to Kaylee".
"We can now but hope that the Crown Office, who have taken five-and-a-half years to bring Major McCallum to justice, give anxious consideration to the Sheriff's words, our views, those of our counsel, our solicitors Thompsons and ensure that outstanding criminal proceedings are now swiftly advanced against others culpable in respect of Kaylee's death," they said.
During the incident, a rescue effort was launched but an error in the head-count by organisers meant Kaylee was not found under the upturned hull until over three hours after the initial mayday call was made.
The charge admitted by Major McCallum, from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, set out his failure to adequately plan and assess the risks involved in the safe transportation of cadets by boat and his failure to safely carry out the transportation.