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Speeding driver guilty of killing pensioner in Glasgow

Sandeep Singh Image copyright Vic Rodrick
Image caption Sandeep Singh will be sentenced next month

A driver convicted of knocking down and killing a 71-year-old pedestrian has been told to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

Sandeep Singh was warned his BMW 525 M Sport car is likely to be confiscated when he is sentenced next year.

Singh, 29, was convicted by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving.

The High Court at Livingston heard Singh drove at nearly 50mph in a 30mph zone when he collided with pensioner Billy Dunlop in Nitshill Road, Glasgow.

The jury took just one hour to return its majority verdict.

The court was told that Mr Dunlop was crossing a dual carriageway a few yards from a pedestrian crossing as he walked home from his local pub on 20 February 2014.

The jury was shown CCTV of Singh's car driving into Mr Dunlop. A police collision specialist told the court Singh's brake lights came on just half a second before he hit Mr Dunlop.

The pensioner died a few minutes later after he suffered fractured arms and legs, and a pelvis and head injury.

'It's changed my life'

After the guilty verdict was announced, advocate depute Richard Goddard revealed that Singh, from Darnley in Glasgow, had five previous convictions for motoring offences.

Between 2009 and 2011 he was prosecuted twice for using a mobile phone while driving, and had convictions for speeding on a motorway, failing to display a road tax disc and failing to comply with a red traffic light.

Judge Lady Rae disqualified Singh from driving with immediate effect and warned him that if he disposed of his car before the court made an order to forfeit it, he would be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Singh offered to plead guilty to a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving, but this was rejected by the Crown.

He said in evidence that he had been driving home from his family's Indian restaurant in Paisley when Mr Dunlop "came out of nowhere".

He said he had not realised his speed was more than one and a half times the legal limit, adding: "I had no time to react. It was like a split second and it's changed my life."

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