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Speeding driver who killed pensioner had 'scant regard' for law

Sandeep Singh served previous ban before mowing down Billy Dunlop in Darnley.

By STV News

Published 15 Jan 2016.

A speeding driver who mowed down and killed a pensioner has been jailed for four years.

Sandeep Singh ploughed into 71-year-old Billy Dunlop while behind the wheel of his BMW in Darnley, Glasgow.

Singh, 29, who served a previous driving ban, was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

A judge told him he had "scant regard" for motoring laws given his convictions, which include speeding and using a mobile phone while driving.

Lady Rae added: "I find it incomprehensible that during the journey, up to the fatal impact, at no time did you see Mr Dunlop.

"You ought to have seen Mr Dunlop and taken evasive action."

Singh, also of Darnley, was disqualified again, this time for ten years.

The judge added: "I have tried to get this message across. A motor vehicle is a lethal weapon.

"Unless young men take driving these vehicles responsibly, we are going to get tragic incidents like this.

"They seem to think they can drive vehicles as they like. I am not saying he (Singh) is one but he does have this record."

Singh was travelling at nearly 50mph in a 30mph zone when he struck Mr Dunlop in the city's Nitshill Road.

The pensioner was crossing a dual-carriageway after visiting a local pub when he was hit. The collision was caught on CCTV.

Mr Dunlop died after suffering a head injury as well as fractures to his arms, legs and pelvis.

Singh told the jury he had been returning from his family's Indian restaurant when the OAP "came out of nowhere".

He claimed he did not know he was speeding, adding: "I had no time to react. It was like a split second and it's changed my life."

The court heard on Friday that Singh offered his "unreserved apologies" for what happened.

Mark Stewart QC, defending, said Singh had gone to lay a floral tribute at the scene following the death and had prayed for Mr Dunlop at his local temple.

Sentencing, Lady Rae also told Singh he appeared to be "highly regarded in the community".

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