Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Killer Yrapped by His DNA

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Killer Yrapped by His DNA

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Byline: By Hilary Clixby

A hit-and-run driver who left his friend to die after a high-speed crash was caught when police scientists found minute DNA traces on the car airbag.

David Munn was driving a high-powered Vauxhall Cavalier RSI at more than 100mph when he lost control on a sharp bend last Christmas Eve.

He crawled out of the wreckage and fled, leaving passenger Graham Foster, who had been flung from the car, dying from multiple injuries in the roadway.

And when police tracked Munn down later the same day, he denied having had any involvement in the tragedy on the 70mph A1 Western by-pass near the Team Valley turn-off at Gateshead.

But he was finally forced to admit his guilt after being confronted by damning DNA evidence taken from saliva he left when his head hit the car's airbag during the impact.

Last night, after Munn was jailed for five years at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Foster's partner Tania Hannon, 34, said she and the couple's two sons, Kevin, 16, and Carl, 15, had been left "devastated" by his death.

And she called for longer sentences for drivers who kill.

Munn, who had taken amphetamine shortly before the crash, had told police he was innocent, claiming he had been

dropped off by Mr Foster in the Cavalier before the accident occurred, the court heard yesterday.

"Blood swabs taken from the outside of the driver's door were examined, as well as a saliva swab taken from the airbag and on both those items, Munn's DNA was discovered," said Robert Adams, prosecuting.

"When the analysis of the various DNA samples was put to him, he fully admitted being the driver, but said he had no recollection of the circumstances of the collision himself."

Munn, 35, of Harras Bank, Birtley, Gateshead, was jailed yesterday for five years and banned from the roads for eight years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. …

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