A GOUROCK pensioner charged with causing the death of a pedestrian by careless driving has had his trial postponed.

Alexander Fairhurst, 81, is accused of failing to slow and stop his Ford Fiesta in order to avoid a man on Greenock's Union Street.

Prosecutors say he caused the vehicle to collide with the man 'whereby he was so severely injured that he died'.

The latest calling of the case at the sheriff court heard that the deceased man 'had stepped out between two parked cars'.

Mr Fairhurst's lawyer Aidan Gallagher said: "It was first thought that the deceased's injuries were not that serious, however, he died some weeks later."

The alleged death by careless driving offence is said to have occurred on May 23 last year.

Mr Fairhurst, of Taymouth Avenue in Gourock, has maintained a plea of not guilty through Mr Gallagher.

The trial has been rescheduled for September 21 for defence scrutiny of pathology reports.