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Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year

Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year

Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year

A father of two who caused the death of his best friend when he smashed a taxi into a pole while drink driving will be sentenced next week.

Several witnesses told gardaí they saw Joseph Robinson (25) get out of the wreck and walk away, leaving his friend on the ground.

The court heard that the deceased, father-of-two Alex Doyle (25), suffered fatal head injuries and a severed arm when he was flung from the front passenger seat.

Robinson, of Cuffe Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Doyle at Mount Brown, Old Kilmainham on June 8, 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, criminal damage, drink driving and driving with no licence or insurance at Mount Brown and Tyrconnell Road on the same date. He has 58 previous convictions, including drugs offences and drink driving.

Garda David O'Hanlon told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that it was unclear how Robinson had possession of the cab.

He said Robinson had been disqualified from driving at the time and had been over twice the alcohol limit.

The garda said one motorist described how the taxi "disintegrated" before it came to a stop 30ft away from the crash site.

This witness followed Robinson, who was bleeding from his head, to near the St James's Hospital entrance and pointed him out to gardaí when they arrived.

Robinson initially denied he had been driving the car, but later broke down and made full admissions during interview.

Irish Independent