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Mum's grief over son's hit-run murder

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A grieving mother has told a judge of her pain and anger over the murder of her son, who was run down by a drunk driver after a disagreement over a game of pool.

"Nick did not deserve to die on the footpath, so close to home and all alone," Marie McEvoy said in her victim impact statement read out in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday..

Michael Allen Meakin, 47, was found guilty in August of murdering 30-year-old Nicholas McEvoy in a hit and run in western Sydney in the early hours of February 21, 2014.

At his sentence hearing, Mr McEvoy's parents and two of his four siblings read out statements describing his many attributes and their grief.

Their son and his killer were strangers who were kicked out of the Plumpton Hotel at Dean Park on the night of February 20 after Mr McEvoy started cheering on Meakin's pool opponent.

Meakin, whose record includes drink-driving offences, had been at the pub for almost 10 hours and had bought 21 schooners of full-strength beer.

He denied intending to kill the younger man, saying he ploughed into him accidentally on "a drunken Maccas run".

Marie McEvoy said the CCTV footage from outside the pub showed her son displayed no aggression and blocked a punch thrown by Meakin.

Her son was a boxer and could have hurt Meakin if he wanted.

"He was a friend to many and a foe to none."

Meakin was a coward "to go after Nick, a young lad in comparison to you, and to mount the footpath and run him down because you lost a game of pool", she said.

Her son had been "doing the right thing" and had not driven that night as he knew he was having a few beers.

According to a psychologist's report, Meakin maintains the offence was an accident, saying Mr McEvoy had stepped on to the road and he was unable to stop.

"He stated that he is a 'little bit' disappointed in himself for not stopping," the report says.

Meakin will be sentenced on November 18.

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