A man who denies murdering another pub patron was an honest and straightforward witness who loves McDonald's burgers, a NSW jury has been told.
Rather than getting in his car with the intention of driving at the other man, Michael Allen Meakin accidentally hit him on a `drunken Maccas run', said defence barrister Grant Brady SC.
But crown prosecutor Pat Barrett said that "at the very least" the driver had intended to hurt Nicholas McEvoy with his car in a "rather drastic response" to his anger towards him.
The barristers were making their final submissions on Wednesday in the NSW Supreme Court.
Meakin, 47, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 30-year-old Mr McEvoy, in a hit-and-run killing at Dean Park, in western Sydney, in the early hours of February 21, 2014.
The jury has been told Meakin was at a nearby pub for many hours, buying 21 schooners of full-strength beer, and was ejected with Mr McEvoy by a bouncer around midnight.
Mr Brady said there had been a "half-fight" outside when Meakin took a swing at Mr McEvoy, but "it is done and dusted in seconds".
Meakin gave evidence in an honest way, admitting he was drunk and had fled the crash scene while also testifying he could not recall what had happened at the pub, the lawyer said.
The jurors would know drinkers sometimes use food to help sober up and that applied to Meakin who decided to drive home but visit the fast food outlet.
This had "the ring of truth about it" for a man who loved McDonalds, ate there a few times a week and was known to have said: "three Big Macs doesn't touch the sides", he said.
But Mr Barrett said Meakin had tried to minimise the degree of anger and aggression he felt towards McEvoy.
"In my submission, you would not accept that he was just slightly annoyed with Mr McEvoy because Mr McEvoy was loud," he said.
"It was far more than that."
Meakin also remembered far more than he admitted about that night, Mr Barrett suggested.
The trial is continuing.