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'It's been life-changing': Garbage truck driver who ran over and killed a sleeping homeless man during a morning bin run breaks down in tears as he's cleared of wrongdoing Homeless man, 31, died after being run over by the garbage truck last May Emaciated man mistaken for a pile of blankets with 'no bulge and no movement'  Driver wept in court as he was acquitted of negligent driving causing death  Magistrate describes the 'miserable circumstances' as 'utterly unique'

By Aap And Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:38 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 04:38 BST, 1 April 2019

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A garbage truck driver who accidentally ran over a homeless man he mistook for a pile of blankets wept as he was cleared of a negligent driving charge on Monday.

Mathew Hayne, 31, was crushed to death during the morning bin run on May 21 last year in Bourke Lane, in Sydney's inner city suburb of Redfern.

The homeless man who stood at 1.58 metres tall weighed just 53 kilograms as he slept on a thin foam mattress in the narrow laneway. 

A garbage truck driver who accidentally ran over a homeless man he mistook for a pile of blankets wept as he was cleared of a negligent driving charge on Monday

A garbage truck driver who accidentally ran over a homeless man he mistook for a pile of blankets wept as he was cleared of a negligent driving charge on Monday

Truck driver Ian Juurik, 36, from Rockdale in Sydney's south, had not realised Mr Hayne was there and mistook him for a pile of blankets as he navigated the difficult and narrow lane at slower than walking pace, avoiding cars and walls.

Mr Hayne was trapped under the truck with critical injuries and though paramedics treated him at the scene he could not be saved.  

Mr Juurik held his head in his hands and wiped away tears in the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday as magistrate Jennifer Giles acquitted him of negligent driving causing death.   

Mr Juurik outside the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Monday after being acquitted of dangerous driving causing death over the tragic accident. The devastated garbage truck driver had earlier wept in court as the verdict was given

Mr Juurik outside the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Monday after being acquitted of dangerous driving causing death over the tragic accident. The devastated garbage truck driver had earlier wept in court as the verdict

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