Shaun McManus jailed for seven years after killing pensioner

A drink-driver who killed a pensioner who was on his way to buy his Sunday newspapers has been jailed for seven years.

Shaun McManus, of Grangemouth, hit John Morton with his car as the 78-year-old crossed the road in Falkirk in November last year.

McManus, 31, was later traced by police and reported to be four times over the legal limit for alcohol.

He was also given a 10-year driving ban.

The court heard how McManus had a previous driving conviction in 2008 for failing to provide a breath test.

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"In these circumstances it is obvious this is a most serious offence of its kind."”

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Mr Morton, a retired whisky rep, was fatally injured after he had been to his local newsagents on 18 November 2012.

CCTV footage had shown the widower parking his car in busy Grahams Road, Falkirk, before making his way across the street.

McManus was driving a V-reg Audi car despite having no insurance.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said McManus had earlier been heard "revving and screeching away" in the vehicle.

He was then spotted on the CCTV footage driving towards and hitting the pensioner, despite having an uninterrupted view.

McManus then carried on driving, leaving witnesses to attend to Mr Morton.

A doctor who had been shopping in the area found the OAP lying face down on the road.

Paramedics arrived on the scene but Mr Morton was pronounced dead.

Lord Turnbull said: "In these circumstances it is obvious this is a most serious offence of its kind."

He said he would have jailed McManus for nine years for the crime but he had reduced that following his guilty plea.

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