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Irish Mirror

Irish pensioner killed by speeding motorist who admitted boozing and doing drugs

An Irish pensioner killed by a speeding motorist who drove over him to escape once played clarinet for President JF Kennedy.

Anop Singh hit John “Frank” Heneghan, 72, with his Volkswagen Golf early on August 12, 2017. Singh was jailed for 14 years yesterday. His sentencing hearing at Wood Green Crown Court, London, heard Singh has multiple convictions for drink and drug driving.

On the night of the killing Singh, of Jessam Avenue, Clapton, had been kicked out of a club with friends for spraying champagne.

He admitted boozing and smoking drugs but because he was arrested the following morning his drunkeness couldn’t be proved.

Mr Heneghan, from Kilmaine, Co Mayo, performed for the US leader at Shannon Airport in 1963.

Singh, 31, was convicted on Wednesday of death by dangerous driving and driving dangerously. At an earlier trial he was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Mr Heneghan’s son Marcus said: “I often wonder what went through his mind as he lay there in the street, alone, shivering from the shock and the cold...”

Singh was jailed for 14 years on Friday.

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