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Drink driver admits killing pensioner

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The court heard how McManus's van struck Mr Taylor while on the pavement

A driver who struck and killed a pensioner with his van was five times the legal alcohol limit.

John McManus, 42, admits causing the death of Philip Taylor, 78, in December 2008, by driving carelessly while over the alcohol limit.

He hit Mr Taylor when he lost control of his van and mounted the kerb in New Stevenston, North Lanarkshire.

McManus also admitted failing to stop after the accident. Sentence was deferred for background reports.

Advocate depute Michael Stuart, prosecuting, said: "The deceased was hit by the van on the lower legs, was spun around upon impact and as a result struck his head on the windscreen of the van. As a consequence he suffered a significant brain injury, which caused his death."

"The deceased's wife and family are obviously devastated by their loss. They have expressed the view that they would like to see justice done."

Mr Taylor leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Defence counsel Neil Taylor told the court that McManus had said: "There are no words that can describe my actions on 1 December 2008 other than utterly inconsiderate and reprehensible. I am deeply ashamed and remorseful for my actions."

He said it was hoped that in time the victim's family would find the ability to forgive him.

The judge, Lord Matthews, will wait for a background report on McManus before passing a sentence.

He said that with "some hesitation" he would continue his bail.

The judge also warned McManus that he faced a jail sentence.

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