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Drunk driver jailed for killing student


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A man who mowed down a student, killing him, has been jailed for seven years.

Enda Dolan, 18, (pictured) was a first year at Queen’s University Belfast when he was struck by a van in October 2014.

David Lee Stewart, 31, of Gray’s Park Avenue, admitted several charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.

Dolan’s father, speaking outside the court said the family was “disappointed and disgusted” at the sentence.

“Our lives have been ruined, shattered and damaged beyond repair”, he added.

Stewart drank six pints of beer and four Jagerbombs with friend William Ross Casement, 21, of Belvoir Drive, at a bar on the evening of the crash.

Witnesses spotted the pair “stagger[ing] on the road”, before getting in the van and heading to a nightclub.

The pair left the club in the van around 2.20am.

Dolan was walking to his accommodation around ten minutes later, when the van mounted the pavement and knocked him down, causing a broken neck and serious head injuries.

A witness claimed the van had taken off after killing Dolan, but that it had crashed further up the road.

Stewart had to be cut free from the driver’s seat, but refused to provide a sample of blood twice at the hospital, claiming he’d only drunk two shandies.

A sample taken later in the morning showed he was three times over the limit and found traces of drugs, including cocaine in his system.

Stewart will serve three and a half years in jail and the same length on licensed release, in addition to being disqualified for 12 months.

Casement was given 50 hours community services, two years probation and disqualified from driving for 12 months for aiding and abetting dangerous driving & aiding and abetting failing to remain at the scene of an accident where an injury had occured.

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