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Drunk-driver jailed for NSW hit-run murder

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016

A drink-driver will remain behind bars until at least 2034 after crashing his car into and murdering a fellow pub-goer in Sydney.

Michael Allen Meakin, 47, was on Friday sentenced to a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of of murdering Nicholas McEvoy, 30, in February 2014 following a disagreement over a game of pool in a western Sydney pub.

In the NSW Supreme Court, Justice David Davies said that Meakin had shown no remorse and maintained he accidentally hit the stranger on a "drunken Maccas run".

Meakin, who had earlier tried to punch the victim in the pub car park, could not tell the jury why but assumed Mr McEvoy must have said something to him.

But the judge said that "to drive a heavy van at 60km/h at a pedestrian whilst on the nature strip is so out of proportion to any offence that the offender might have thought Mr McEvoy caused that it defies description".

The court heard that Meakin, who drove off after ploughing into the victim, had bought 21 schooners of full-strength beer that night.

It wasn't clear whether he had consumed them all but, even if he hadn't, Justice Davies said Meakin was still significantly drunk.

Mr McEvoy's sister Rachel told reporters outside court that her brother was a "great, great man" and the sentence meant her family could move on with their lives.

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