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Drunk Vic biker jailed for fatal hit

AAP logoAAP 24/07/2016 By Melissa Iaria

A drunk motorcyclist who fatally hit an elderly pedestrian in Melbourne earlier this year has been jailed for six years.

British national Michael Hollands was at least three times over the alcohol limit and riding home from work drinks when he hit Victorian grandfather Alan Robison as he tried to cross a street in Abbotsford at around 10.30pm on February 12.

Mr Robison, 83, suffered severe leg and internal injuries and died in hospital.

The County Court heard Hollands, 33, initially lied about being the rider, but it was quickly established he was responsible.

He also claimed Mr Robison had appeared suddenly between parked cars, but this was contradicted by CCTV footage.

"In my opinion, you did not see Mr Robison on the road way until immediately prior to striking him," Judge Mark Dean said.

The court heard Hollands was drinking with work mates from about 4.30pm and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.16, more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Judge Dean said his moral culpability was high, as he must have known he was too drunk to ride home.

"The extreme danger of drinking and driving is well known throughout the community, and I have no doubt you must have been aware of those dangers," he said.

Judge Dean said Mr Robison was a well-respected and loved man who was fit and well, and his death had plunged his family into profound grief.

Hollands, who pleaded guilty to one count of culpable driving causing death, was jailed for a minimum four years.

Judge Dean took into account his otherwise good character, early plea and remorse.

Hollands will likely be deported on release.

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