Killer told by distraught dad: ‘never drive again’

Bill Fulton, the victim's father, makes a statement outside court surrounded by his family. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Bill Fulton, the victim's father, makes a statement outside court surrounded by his family. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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A DRUNK driver jailed for five years for killing an IT manager can only show “true remorse” by never getting behind the wheel again, the victim’s father has said.

Bill Fulton spoke out after Keith McCardle was jailed and banned from driving for eight years after killing his “happy, friendly” son, Gavin, 43.

The 73-year-old said he hoped the prison sentence imposed at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday would stop other motorists from drink driving.

But Mr Fulton added that “the sickening carousel of ­misery continues” as 
McCardle’s family will also ­suffer through his actions.

McCardle, 51, had downed four alcoholic drinks before losing control of his Land Rover Freelander on Dundas Street and fatally ­injuring Mr Fulton on December 8, 2012.

Sentencing him yesterday, judge Lord Doherty said: “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.”

McCardle, of Musselburgh, East Lothian, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Fulton’s death by dangerous driving at a hearing last month.

He lost control of his vehicle, mounted the pavement, and hit the father-of-two while more than one-and-a-half times over the drink driving limit.

Defence advocate Tony Lenehan said that McCardle had started drinking heavily when his brother, David, died after being assaulted by Ryan Cameron, 26, in Musselburgh two years ago. Cameron was later jailed for four years.

Mr Lenehan added: “It was against that background that drink became a crutch to Mr McCardle. Mr McCardle’s marriage had also came to an end.

“He knows there is no sentence that can reduce the grief and suffering of the deceased’s family and friends.”

Flanked by Mr Fulton’s widow, Jill, 42, and the couple’s daughters, Mia, 13 and Faye, 11, Bill Fulton spoke out after the sentencing. He said: “[McCardle] will never, ever show true remorse unless he never gets behind the wheel of a car again.”

Mr Fulton added: “Tragedies like the one we’re enduring start with somebody ­believing that they’re immune to the effects of alcohol and are fit to drive their car when they are not.

“We believe the sentence that Lord Doherty handed down today properly punishes the offender – but it also punishes his family and friends so the sickening carousel of misery continues to a wider group of people who do not deserve it.

“All our family are left with now is the hope that today’s sentence will stop someone somewhere from drinking and driving so saving another ­innocent life and another innocent family from the trauma that we have had to endure.”