Man admits 'hit-and-run' killing in Edinburgh

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Lee Coyle
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Lee Coyle knocked down Paul Bonnar in an Edinburgh street before driving off

A teenager has admitted knocking down and killing a father in a hit-and-run incident in Edinburgh.

Lee Coyle, 17, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Paul Bonnar, 30, from Edinburgh was hit in the city's Walter Scott Avenue in the early hours of Sunday 7 June 2009.

Unemployed Coyle, who has four previous convictions including two for road traffic offences, will be sentenced in September in Inverness.

The teenager, who was 16 at the time, struck Mr Bonnar with the car, trapped him under the vehicle and continued to drive over him, causing the fatal injuries.

The court heard the incident came after Mr Bonnar was involved in a row with another man, in which he was punched.

At the time of Mr Bonnar's death, his relatives paid tribute to him.

In a statement, the family said: "Paul was a loving husband, father, son and brother and his sudden death in such tragic and sudden circumstances was a shock to us all.

"He was taken from us at far too early an age but we hold in our hearts the happy memories that we all shared.

"We remember Paul as a gentle-natured and loving, caring man. He touched the hearts of all who knew him and was much loved by us all."

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