A man jailed for killing his friend in a drunken car crash was properly convicted, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
Senior judges identified “no lurking doubt” over the guilty verdict returned against William Moore.
They also dismissed his challenge to the ten-and-a-half years sentence imposed for causing the death of Darren Brown by dangerous driving.
Moore, 30, from Thorndale Avenue, Belfast, was sent to prison in 2011 over the accident two years earlier. At his trial it was set out how he was drunk and speeding in a Rover 620 car which clipped a Renault Clio on the Belfast to Saintfield Road in April 2009.
He lost control of the vehicle and careered down an embankment before smashing into a tree.
Mr Brown, who was a back seat passenger, died at the scene.
Moore was badly injured but managed to crawl from the passenger side of the car.
He denied being behind the wheel at the time of the crash and claimed that the owner of the car had admitted being the driver.
However, forensic examination of the vehicle and of Moore’s injuries established at the trial that he was the driver.
He was sentenced to serve at least five years and three months in prison after which he will be released on supervised parole for more than five years.
Appealing the verdict, Moore’s lawyers argued that it was unsafe.
But Lord Justice Higgins, sitting with Lord Justices Girvan and Coghlin, rejected their case.