Dangerous driver who killed 87-year-old jailed for life

Monday, July 6, 2020

A man who killed an 87-year-old grandfather after crashing into him in a stolen car has been handed a lifetime prison sentence.

Footage released by police shows Gavin Collins, 39, speeding through Nottingham and overtaking vehicles before losing control and crashing into a house on April 19 last year.

He is seen in the dashcam video saying “don’t need this” as he rips off the rear-view mirror and shouting, “watch me go now” and “I’m Jesus… descendant of God.”

Driving another stolen car, Collins later reversed at speed and mounted the pavement before hitting retired teacher Terry Radford at a bus stop in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Gavin Collins, 39 (Left) and Terry Radford, 87 (Right)

Mr Radford, a former councillor and magistrate who was described as “the most wonderful dad and granddad”, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances that has obviously had a devastating and profound impact on Mr Radford’s family and friends.

“Our thoughts continue to be with them at this extremely difficult time as well as with those people affected by Collins’ actions that day.”

Collins was also filmed ramming a police car and reversing through a garden wall as he tried to escape. He was arrested after being dragged out of the car by officers brandishing Tasers having crashed into a tree.

The defendant was handed a life sentence, with a minimum of 14 years behind bars, at Nottingham Crown Court last week after he was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

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