A Musselburgh man who turned to alcohol after the violent death of his brother has been jailed for killing another man while drink driving.
Electrician Keith McCardle, who ran his own business in the town, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at the High Court in Edinburgh last Friday.
He had previously admitted causing the death of father-of-two Gavin Fulton by dangerous driving in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street on December 8, 2012.
The court was told that McCardle (51) had downed four alcoholic drinks in the hours before getting behind the wheel of his Land Rover Freelander jeep that night.
He was more than one and a half times over the legal drink driving limit when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to mount the pavement. His vehicle struck Mr Fulton (43), who was heading to his home in Claremont Bank, Edinburgh, following a Christmas party.
Moments after the collision, McCardle got out of his car and told a passerby: “I killed him. I hit the guy and he’s dead.”
On Friday, judge Lord Doherty told McCardle that he had no option but to send him to prison. He was also banned from driving for eight years.
Lord Doherty added: “Your dangerous driving ended Mr Fulton’s life. It has caused inestimable damage to the lives of his family and others. No sentence that I can impose can undo that damage.”
The judge had been told how the accused – who was “genuinely remorseful” – turned to drink after his 40-year-old brother David was killed at the former Clubhouse bar in Musselburgh in August 2011.
Ryan Cameron (26), also from Musselburgh, was jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow in November 2012 for killing David McCardle by striking him with a metal beer keg.
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