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Man jailed for NSW hit-run murder

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A man who bought 21 schooners before ploughing his van into a fellow pub-patron in a hit-run murder has been jailed for at least 18 years.

Michael Allen Meakin, 47, was found guilty of murdering Nicholas McEvoy, 30, in the early hours of February 21, 2014 in western Sydney, after a disagreement over a game of pool.

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

Meakin, who had swung a punch at the younger man in the car park, could not tell the jury why but said he assumed Mr McEvoy must have said something to him.

"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 judge said.

The court heard Meakin purchased 21 schooners of full-strength beer on the night. Judge Davies said even if he didn't drink all of those, he was still significantly drunk.

Outside court, one of the victim's four siblings, Rachel McEvoy, said they and their parents could now move on with their lives.

"As a family we are really proud of each other and he would be proud of us," she said.

She described her brother as a wonderful, "great, great man".

The judge noted aggravating features including Meakin's three previous drink driving offences and his use of the van as a weapon.

His failure to stop after he had struck Mr McEvoy or at least to call, even anonymously, for an ambulance also aggravated his offending.

"For all the offender knew, prompt medical treatment might have prevented his death," the judge said.

"If there is any solace to be found in what happened here it is that in all probability Mr McEvoy, who did not see what was to befall him, probably died instantly."

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