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Woman guilty of hit-and-run death

Margaret Borris
Ms Borris died after being struck by a car in Paisley in July

A woman is facing life imprisonment after being found guilty of the hit-and-run murder of a mother-of-three.

Rona Mackenzie, 45, denied deliberately hitting Margaret Borris, 39, with a car and reversing over her in Paisley's King Street in July.

She also denied attempting to defeat the ends of justice by dumping the car under water in a reservoir near Beith.

It took a jury just 90 minutes to find her guilty of both charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lady Dorrian told MacKenzie: "There is only one sentence I can pass, a life sentence.

"However, I have to make an assessment of the punishment part and to do that I intend to call for a social enquiry report."

Earlier, the court had heard how trouble between the two women - who both had children by 50-year-old James Wandrum - was sparked when his dog was injured while Ms Borris was walking it.

MacKenzie first tackled Ms Borris about the incident on 14 June.

During a chance sighting on 7 July, MacKenzie lost her temper with Ms Borris, drove at her and then reversed the car over her.

The court heard that afterwards, MacKenzie tried to cover up the crime by driving the car to a reservoir near Beith and dumping it.

The partly-submerged vehicle was later found by an angler who contacted the police.

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