Families urge end to torment

The families of two girls killed when they were hit by a car in Glasgow city centre four years ago this month are calling on the Crown Office to come to a decision on whether the driver will face charges.

Last month a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of Mhairi Convy (18) and Laura Stewart (20) found that their deaths could have been prevented.

William Payne, of Bishopbriggs, who had a history of blackouts, was behind the wheel of a Range Rover when he apparently lost control.

He was initially charged with causing death while uninsured, but the charges were later dropped.

Mhairi’s dad, Alan, lives in Lennoxtown, and he and other family members visited the scene of the crash in North Hanover Street for the first time this year.

Speaking after the Fatal Accident Inquiry they said: “We have waited for justice for Mhairi and Laura for nearly four years, putting our belief in the criminal justice and 
legal systems. ’’

They added: ‘“Sheriff Normand has given us a ray of hope in this determination however. He twice, rightly, refers to the explicit commitments made by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service that they reserve the right to prosecute and will now review the case again.

“It is our deep hope that they are true to their word. A prosecution and a criminal trial would offer the chance of justice for the loss of two beautiful young women. It is in the gift of the Crown to see justice served and send a message to the wider public that such conduct will not be tolerated. In, doing so, the Crown may be able to prevent other families from suffering in the same way as we have.”

Their lawyer says the families have faced ‘‘four years of torment aggravated by a failure by the Procurator Fiscal and the Crown Office to come to a final decision to allow them to see justice.’’

The Crown Office says that following the Fatal Accident Inquiry determination the case will be re-investigated.