Ruther­glen fam­ily set to seek pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion against death crash driver

Lochrie’s to fol­low bin crash be­reaved

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

The sib­lings of a man mown down when the driver of a dou­ble-decker blacked out at the wheel want to bring a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion against him.

Jim Lochrie was trag­i­cally killed on March 31, 2012, when his First Bus col­league David Logue fainted while driv­ing and ploughed into a bus stop on Cath­cart Road. Speak­ing to the Re­former just weeks be­fore Jim’s four- year an­niver­sary, the Lochrie fam­ily said they are ask­ing for le­gal aid in a bid to bring a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion against Mr Logue.

The fam­ily say they have been buoyed by re­cent news that fam­i­lies dev­as­tated in the Ge­orge Square disas­ter have been granted le­gal aid to pur­sue their own case against bin lorry driver Harry Clarke.

Scot­tish Govern­ment min­is­ters con­firmed last Wed­nes­day, March 9, that le­gal aid would be pro­vided to the McQuade/Sweeney fam­ily and the fam­i­lies of Mhairi Convy and Laura Ste­wart who were killed when Wil­liam Payne blacked out at the wheel of his Land Rover in Glas­gow in 2010. Like bin lorry driver Clarke and Payne, Logue did not fully dis­close his med­i­cal his­tory to the DVLA and kept his li­cence.

The three driv­ers were at the wheel when their out-of-con­trol ve­hi­cles claimed nine lives.

The Sweeney/McQuade fam­ily - who lost two gen­er­a­tions of their fam­ily in the Ge­orge Square tragedy on De­cem­ber 22, 2015 -

and the fam­i­lies of Ms Con­vey and Ms Ste­wart have lodged a Bill of Crim­i­nal let­ters with the Crown Of­fice in a bid to start a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion.

Now, Jim's sib­lings be­lieve they could fol­low their ex­am­ple, if they too were granted le­gal aid.

Archie Lochrie, Jim's younger brother, said: “Ob­vi­ously Jim's name wasn't men­tioned in the Scot­tish Govern­ment state­ment, it was the two girls Mhairi and Laura and the Harry Clarke vic­tims.

“But my sis­ter Yvonne has made an ap­point­ment with a lawyer for to­mor­row, Thurs­day, to see whether or not he can do the same thing for us.”

Ex­plain­ing he was hope­ful this may fi­nally re­sult in jus­tice for his beloved brother, Archie said he still felt very an­gry that Logue had lied about pre­vi­ous faint­ing episodes in a bid to keep his driv­ing li­cence.

A fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry last year heard that Logue crashed a bus in Jan­uary 1998 and in June 2008 as a re­sult of faint­ing.

Archie added: “Why should he be walk­ing the streets af­ter do­ing what he has done hav­ing had th­ese episodes? I feel the bin lorry driver and this other driver, why should they get off with it?”

Judges have yet to rule whether any pri­vate pros­e­cu­tions can go ahead.

The Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice said it was un­able to com­mence crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against the three driv­ers be­cause they would have to prove they knew they were go­ing to pass out at the time of the in­ci­dents.

Dev­as­tated Jim Lochrie’s brother Archie and sis­ter Yvonne with a pic­ture of the fam­ily

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