Man guilty of killing Lancaster couple

A man who overtook at more than 90mph on the wrong side of the road has been found guilty of killing a retired Lancaster teacher and his wife.

Steven Machell and Dr Joan Machell, both 63, died following the crash on the A75 near Dumfries in March last year.

The High Court in Glasgow today convicted Kevin McCrindle, 37, of Grieve Walk, Dumfries, of causing death by dangerous driving. He will be sentenced by Judge Lord Stewart on May 25.

After the verdict the jury was told that McCrindle had committed a road rage offence in 2004, also on the A75.

Mr Machell, a retired design and technology teacher and his wife, a research fellow at Lancaster University, were on their way to a Robert Burns conference in Ayrshire.

McCrindle’s Renault Megane ploughed into their Citroen Xantia and the court saw footage of the mangled wreckage which resulted.