Driver whose car killed Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart branded reckless

Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart Mhairi Convy (left) and Laura Stewart were both students at the former Central College of Commerce

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A man whose car mounted a pavement in Glasgow killing two students has been accused of lying and being reckless for not disclosing he suffered blackouts.

William Payne appeared as a witness at an inquiry into the deaths of Mhairi Convy, 18, and Laura Stewart, 20, in Glasgow on 17 December 2010.

The 53-year-old refused to answer some questions after being advised he did not have to if it may incriminate him.

A previous criminal case against Mr Payne was dropped by the Crown.

Following this, the fatal accident inquiry was then arranged to look at the circumstances of the deaths of Ms Convy and Ms Stewart.

Sheriff warning

They were killed by Mr Payne's Range Rover on North Hanover Street in Glasgow.

Appearing as a witness, Mr Payne was advised that his examination did not constitute a bar to criminal proceedings.

He was warned by Sheriff Normand that he was not required to answer any question which may show him to be guilty of a crime or offence but he did have to answer questions that did not incriminate him.

Crash scene The students died after being struck by the Range Rover on North Hanover Street

During his appearance, Mr Payne faced a series of questions from Dorothy Bain - the QC representing the families of the two women - but he refused to answer many of them.

Ms Bain still quizzed him on the renewal of an HGV licence in July 2010 - five months before the accident.

The QC said the "no" box was ticked on a document asking if Mr Payne had suffered any blackouts in the last five years.

However, the court heard a number of claims Mr Payne had collapsed during that time - including once while taking his dog to the vet.

'Utterly unreliable'

Ms Bain accused Mr Payne of being "totally and utterly unreliable about his medical history".

She went on: "If you had answered 'yes' (on the document), you would not have been allowed to drive.

"You were reckless to the safety of other people using the streets because as we have seen today you are just looking out for number one.

"That should be your mantra - number one, that is what matters."

Mr Payne replied: "I don't want to answer that."

The QC also said: "Your selfishness has taken the lives of two young women. What more serious thing has happened to you.

"Two young women perfectly innocently going out doing their Christmas shopping.

"You could have prevented that by telling the truth."

'Sorry' claim

Mr Payne again replied he could not answer what was put to him.

The QC later referred to Mr Payne's police interview after the accident in which he claimed he was "sorry".

Ms Bain said to Mr Payne: "You could have been stopped driving in the July. Do you know what would have happened?

"You would not have to be sorry or even be here today as Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart would be alive.

"The responsibility rests squarely on your shoulders."

He replied: "I cannot answer that question."

The inquiry continues.

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    Stricter medical standards, a dress code, customer care training and CCTV in vehicles could also be brought in.

    A report to the licensing panel is seeking agreement on whether or not to take the proposals forward.

    07:42: Read all about it

    The Daily Record says "welfare axeman" Iain Duncan Smith has launched a new bid to hammer the poor.

    The Herald leads with the UK's privacy watchdog warning that plans to create a "super ID database" may lead to the creation of a national identity number for every Scot by default.

    Tuesday's newspapers

    Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a £70m fund to help families on low and moderate incomes in Scotland buy their first homes, writes The Scotsman.

    Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre is locked in a £240,000 legal fight over a "dodgy" property deal, according to the Scottish Sun.

    The National says a Labour MP's comments are piling pressure on Ed Miliband.

    Read our newspaper review here.

    07:35: Goram: 'King is the man' Kenny Macintyre BBC Scotland

    Former Rangers favourite Andy Goram believes Dave King is the right man to bring the good times back to Ibrox.

    Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram

    King, a Glaswegian now based in South Africa, aims to seize control at Rangers following Friday's extraordinary general meeting, which he called to oust the current board.

    "It's a massive thing for the fans to get King in," said Goram.

    "He's the man that the fans want. He's put his money in before, he's a Rangers man and he's a businessman."

    07:28: Human trafficking bill

    MSPs are to begin taking evidence on new legislation to tackle human trafficking in Scotland.

    In 2013 there were 55 human trafficking victims identified in Scotland

    The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill aims to strengthen the law.

    It will introduce a new single offence and increase the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.

    Holyrood's justice committee will hear from Barnardo's Scotland, the Scottish Refugee Council and Victim Support Scotland.

    @BBCScotWeather 'Snow and ice'

    Met Office yellow warnings issued for snow and ice. Wintry showers continue - here's the latest radar picture.

    Snow and ice warning
    @BBCHighlands Inverness under snow

    Overnight snow blankets Inverness this morning...

    Snow in Inverness
    07:20: Plane 'dived after lightning strike'

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a report into a serious incident as a plane approached Sumburgh airport in Shetland.

    Sumburgh airport

    The aircraft was struck by lightning and went into a steep dive.

    During the incident last December, the pilots initially struggled to control the plane due to a misunderstanding involving the autopilot system.

    Control was eventually regained and the plane diverted to Aberdeen. There were no injuries.

    07:18: Pun in the oven...

    On Monday, we asked you to send us your favourite shop pun names.

    Captain Dugwash, Airdrie

    Here are our favourites.

    07:12: Inequality speech

    Tackling inequality would generate £1,600 more per head of population, according to the Scottish government.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    In a speech later, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will highlight new analysis of research by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    Ms Sturgeon will argue that policies which are fair and equal will lead to greater prosperity.

    The UK government insists its austerity policies have led to record employment levels in Scotland.

    @BBCTravelScot Jack-knifed lorry BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Westbound #M8 - a jack-knifed lorry - one lane is closed at J4a Heartlands - between the slips... slow and wintry.

    07:06: Stabbing near school

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault outside a school in the southside of Glasgow.

    Holyrood Secondary

    Two 14-year-old boys were injured in the incident which happened close to Holyrood Secondary at about 13:20.

    It is understood the boys were stabbed. One was taken to the Victoria Infirmary and the other did not require hospital treatment.

    Police Scotland said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested.

    @BBCScotWeather 'More wintry' showers' BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning, Gillian here. Ice risk this A.M. more wintry showers to come, especially in the West. Turning to rain/sleet at low levels later. Windy, 5C.

    07:02: Tributes to Scotland legend

    Tributes have been paid to Scotland legend Dave Mackay who has died, aged 80.

    The Edinburgh-born midfielder won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football, starring for Hearts, Tottenham and Derby County.

    The late Scotland and Hearts midfielder Dave Mackay

    He also won 22 caps for his country and was named 'Footballer of the Year' in both Scotland and England.

    Hearts described Mackay as "a fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County".

    The Edinburgh club also quoted the late midfielder as saying: "For as long as I can remember, all I wanted in my life, nothing else, was to play for Hearts, which is my dream team. And to play for Scotland - I had no ambition for anything else. Always Hearts."

    07:00: Good morning Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Rise and shine! Welcome to Tuesday's edition of Scotland Live. We will bring you all the latest news and sport throughout the day, with a little weather and travel mixed in.

    You can get involved with the big stories by emailing us your opinions at



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