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Guilty verdict in Sydney hit-run murder

AAP logoAAP 4/08/2016 By Rebekah Ison

A man who claimed he was on a "drunken maccas run" when he mowed down a fellow western Sydney pub patron after a pool game disagreement has been found guilty of murder.

Michael Allen Meakin, 47, had denied he meant to kill 30-year-old Nicholas McEvoy, in a hit and run at Dean Park in the early hours of February 21, 2014.

But after a week of deliberations, a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday found Meakin guilty of murdering Mr McEvoy, whose body was seen by a passing motorist on Richmond Road at 12.10am.

Mr McEvoy's loved ones cried and said "thank you" as the verdict was handed down.

The trial had heard both men were kicked out of the Plumpton Hotel on the night of February 20, after Mr McEvoy started cheering on Meakin's pool opponent.

Meakin had been at the pub for almost 10 hours and had bought 21 schooners of full-strength beer, before being ejected with Mr McEvoy around midnight, the court heard.

Outside court, Barry McEvoy, described his brother as a "good man".

"He didn't deserve what happened to him," he said.

"We got the result we wanted so hopefully now we can move on as a family."

The court heard Mr McEvoy issued a challenge to Meakin as he left the pub, saying he would "smash him".

Defence barrister Grant Brady last week said there had been a "half-fight" outside when Meakin took a swing at Mr McEvoy, but that it had been "done and dusted in seconds".

He submitted Meakin did not mean to plough into Mr McEvoy in his Toyota van but had hit him accidentally on a "drunken Maccas run".

Meakin is expected to face sentence proceedings on October 14.

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