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Michael Meakin (left) beat and killed a pedestrian after he had previously slapped him, could be released from prison within a year of a seven-year prison sentence

Drunk driver who ran over and murdered a pedestrian after he had drunk 16 beers and rowed with him in the pub is imprisoned – but can walk around freely within a year

  • Michael Meakin, 50, walked Nicholas McEvoy in western Sydney in 2014
  • Meakin had previously tried to beat McEvoy in a cafe during a row
  • He was sentenced to seven years in jail, but was released on conditional release within a year
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A drunken driver who struck and killed a pedestrian after he had previously slapped him could be out of jail within a year of a seven-year prison sentence.

Michael Meakin, 50, was convicted Friday in the New South Wales Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas McEvoy in 2014 in western Sydney.

Meakin was confronted with a maximum sentence of 14 years for the death of the 30-year-old, but Acting Justice Peter Hidden gave him a seven-year sentence with a four-year non-conditional release.

Michael Meakin (left) beat and killed a pedestrian after he had previously slapped him, could be released from prison within a year of a seven-year prison sentence

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Michael Meakin (left) beat and killed a pedestrian after he had previously slapped him, could be released from prison within a year of a seven-year prison sentence

Meakin, 50, was convicted Friday in the New South Wales Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas McEvoy (photo) in West Sydney in 2014

Meakin, 50, was convicted Friday in the New South Wales Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas McEvoy (photo) in West Sydney in 2014

Meakin, 50, was convicted Friday in the New South Wales Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas McEvoy (photo) in West Sydney in 2014

Meakin, who is estimated to have exceeded the blood alcohol limit three times after drinking 16 beers on the night of the accident, has been in custody since August 2016, meaning that he is eligible for conditional release on August 4, 2020.

He was previously convicted of murder, but the verdict was overturned on appeal before he was found guilty in a new trial against the lesser indictment of dangerous driving resulting in death.

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