A taxi driver yesterday admitted killing a teenager by mowing him down and dragging him along the road for more than a mile.

Ghulam Hussain (44) ran over Scott Poll in West Bromwich, in the West Midlands, as the 17-year-old tried to hail his black cab.

He sped off and Scott, of Wednesbury, West Midlands, became wedged under the vehicle.

Hussain was on trial for murder but yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Prosecutor Melbourne Inman QC told Wolverhampton Crown Court: "By continuing to deliberately drive it was an absolute certainty that Scott would be killed."

The court had previously heard Scott, a sandwich bar worker, had been out to the pub with two friends.

They watched in horror as their night out on February 26 turned to tragedy.

Father-of-six Hussain, of West Bromwich, who had denied murder, was given conditional bail.

But he was warned by Judge Frank Chapman he would probably face prison when he returned for sentence.