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Motorist, 22, admits killing Bristol Saracens rugby player

  • 29 February 2016
  • From the section Bristol
Dan Hickey Image copyright PA
Image caption Dan Hickey played for Bristol Saracens

A motorist has admitted killing Bristol Saracens rugby player Dan Hickey ahead of his trial on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Tayo Jones, 22, was serving a suspended sentence for drug offences when he hit and killed the 25-year-old with his car in Clifton, Bristol, last August.

His defence told Bristol Crown Court the guilty plea had saved "a great deal of misery and distress for others".

Jones accepted a jail sentence was inevitable, counsel said.

'Custodial sentence inevitable'

Bristol Crown Court heard that Jones was driving a Ford Fiesta when he struck Mr Hickey, from the Bishopston area of the city, on August 29 last year.

Mr Hickey died outside the Richmond pub in Gordon Road.

Jones, of Southville Road, Bristol, had earlier admitted a charge of driving without a licence or insurance.

The court heard that 15 days before the Leicester University graduate died Jones had received a suspended prison sentence for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

And while on bail after being charged with causing death by dangerous driving, Jones committed a public order offence in a row with a member of railway staff at Bristol Temple Meads Station.

Robert Duval, defending, said Jones's plea was "courageous". "It has saved a great deal of misery and distress for others," he said.

Judge Euan Ambrose remanded him in custody. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

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