A DRIVER has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years today (Thursday) after being guilty of a pedestrian's murder in Ascot High Street.
Ricky Clarke-Dilly - who was over the drink-drive limit - drove a car at Simon Large in Ascot High Street following a nightclub scuffle earlier that evening.
Mr Large, 24, died in hospital a week after the crash, which took place on October 14 last year.
At his trial at Reading Crown Court over the past two weeks, Clarke-Dilly, 22, of Grampian Way, Slough, had admitted manslaughter but denied murder. He claimed he had intended to scare Mr Large and his friends, when he drove at them while crossing Ascot High Street near the Esso garage, but not to hit them.
However, CCTV footage, shown in court, showed that he had accelerated to 52mph before hitting Mr Large and had not applied the brakes.
After failing to reach a unanimous verdict, a majority 10-2 guilty verdict of murder was accepted by Judge Zoe Smith yesterday (Wednesday).
The judge sentenced Clarke-Dilly, a former landscape gardener for Slough Borough Council, to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for parole.
The murder trial had heard the tragic event had been sparked by a scuffle over a torn shirt in Club One, Ascot, earlier that evening. One of Mr Large's friends said his shirt had been been torn by one of Clarke-Dilly's group.
Clarke-Dilly had been found to be twice the drink-drive limit when he was breathalysed three hours after the crash. After he was found guilty, it was revealed that he had been convicted of drink-driving in 2010 and received an 18-month ban.