Family await outcome of private prosecution
The siblings of a man mown down when a bus driver blacked out at the wheel say they are watching the planned private prosecution of Harry Clarke with baited breath.
Jim Lochrie was tragically killed on March 31, 2012, when his First Bus colleague David Logue fainted while driving and ploughed his double-decker into a bus stop on Cathcart Road.
Like Glasgow bin lorry driver Harry Clarke and William Payne - who killed two people after fainting at the wheel in 2010, Logue had earlier lied about his medical history to retain his driving licence.
Speaking to the Reformer on the eve of their brother’s four-year anniversary, siblings Archie Lochrie, Yvonne Lochrie and Caroline Russell said they have been advised to await the outcome of the fight to launch a private prosecution against Clarke and Payne before taking any further action.
The Reformer reported earlier this month that the Lochrie siblings were buoyed by news that the families devastated in the George Square disaster had been granted legal aid to pursue their own case against Harry Clarke.
Scottish Government ministers agreed on 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 Payne blacked out at the wheel of his Land Rover in Glasgow in 2010.
Having sought legal advice within days of that announcement, the Lochrie siblings say they will wait to see if judges give the other families the green light to proceed with their private prosecution.
Archie said his lawyer advised that would be right time to lodge the Bill of Criminal Letters against David Logue and to apply for legal aid.
He said: “It has been over 100 years since a private prosecution has happened, it is very complicated.
“Our lawyer has said he will keep a watch on it to see what the outcome is for the bin lorry family and the families of the two girls killed in Glasgow.
“If it does go ahead and legal aid is still in place for the bin lorry family then he will get in contact with us right away.”
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed earlier last year that under the current law a criminal prosecution was not possible against all three of the ‘black out drivers’ because it would have to be proven they each knew they were about the collapse at the time of the incidents.
But Archie says the law should be changed to recognise that people are putting lives at risk when they lie about their medical history.
He added: “These people, to me they don’t seem to care what they are putting the families through.
“It’s my brother’s anniversary this week and my sister Caroline in East Kilbride has been phoning me crying her eyes out. It’s hard every single day to think those people are walking free.”
Watching Archie and Yvonne Lochrie want justice for their brother, Jim