Killer driver gets 10 years
A remorseless drunk driver who killed one friend while blaming another for the fatal crash accused a judge of "stitching him up" in a "kangaroo court" as he was sentenced to more than 10 years.
Downpatrick Crown Court Judge David Smyth QC told 28-year-old William Moore his ranting was another "indication of how you will never accept responsibility for causing this accident".
Moore, from Thorndale Avenue, Belfast, was unanimously convicted earlier this month of causing the death of his friend Darren Brown by dangerous driving on the Belfast to Saintfield Road on April 25, 2009.
Judge Smyth also told Moore that by drinking that evening he "deliberately and consciously presented a danger to anyone driving on the Belfast-Saintfield Road".
Moore, who continued to protest his innocence by claiming that the owner of the car had admitted being the driver, will serve at least five years and three months from yesterday in prison, after which he will released on over five years supervised parole.
Darren Brown's mother Doreen later welcomed the sentence.