Drunk driver Gerard McGougan killed David Revells
A hit-and-run driver who killed a pedestrian in North Lanarkshire after a nine-hour drinking session has been told that a jail term is "inevitable".
Gerard McGougan, 46, downed 15 drinks before crashing into 33-year-old David Revells in Seafar Street, Cumbernauld, on 16 October 2009.
He admitted to charges of causing death by careless driving and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
McGougan's bail was continued and sentence was deferred until next month.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that McGougan had started drinking at Puccini restaurant in Cumbernauld about 12:00 on the day of the crash.
He had one pint of lager with his meal then later had 12 more drinks at a nearby bar.
The father-of-two then went on to the town's Mortimer's nightclub where he was asked to finish and leave after the manager noted that he was heavily intoxicated.
The court heard that Mr Revells was on his way to meet a friend about 21:00 in Glasgow for a night out.
He was crossing Cumbernauld's Seafar Road when McGougan's Vauxhall hit him.
A taxi driver discovered the victim lying on a grass verge minutes later but Mr Revells had already died due to massive head injuries.
McGougan, from Cumbernauld, returned home and told wife that he had "hit somebody".
She called the police and McGougan later admitted to them he had been in an accident.
He claimed he had three vodkas after getting home, but only had a lager before the collision.
A blood sample was tested and McGougan was found to be almost three times the drink drive limit.
Judge Lord Matthews continued McGougan's bail and deferred sentencing until next month, telling him: "It is inevitable that a custodial sentence will be passed in a case of this nature."