Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hayley's Boyfriend Escapes Jail Sentence; Ex-Partner Still 'Traumatised' by Teen's Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hayley's Boyfriend Escapes Jail Sentence; Ex-Partner Still 'Traumatised' by Teen's Death

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Byline: SARA NICOL

IT IS less than 18 months since he watched his exgirlfriend mown down by a police car in Newcastle's West End.

But Hayley Adamson's former partner George Oliver was lucky to escape prison after being involved in a police pursuit of his own.

The 24-year-old, who was with Hayley the night she was knocked down and killed by PC John Dougal, appeared in court after admitting a string of offences during a threemonth period.

Claiming still to be "traumatised" by the 16-year-old's death, Oliver found himself on the wrong side of the law after he attacked a policeman, travelled in the back of a stolen car with officers in pursuit and forced his way into someone's home.

In May, Oliver, of Dorset Road, Denton Burn, Newcastle, was spotted in the back of a Vauxhall Corsa - which was believed to have been stolen - sticking his fingers up at the police as the vehicle refused to stop. The three occupants of the car, including Oliver, then dumped it and tried to escape on foot, but were caught.

Oliver appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court, where he pleaded guilty to being carried on a motor vehicle taken without the owner's consent, as well as four other offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Sarah Turner, prosecuting, told the court: "Police followed the vehicle and it began to pickup speed and went through a 'no entry' sign. The officers put the lights on but the Corsa failed to stop. Officers saw the defendant in the back of the car. He was then seen to stick his fingers up."

The three occupants then abandoned the vehicle and ran from the scene, only for Oliver to be caught soon after.

Less than a month later, on June 12, Oliver was back in trouble when he bit a policeman after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Miss Turner continued: "Police spoke to a group of males who were drinking in the street. One was identified as the defendant.

The defendant then swore at the officers and he was warned to calm down. …

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