Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Death Crash Driver Robbed Neighbour

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Death Crash Driver Robbed Neighbour

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court reporter

A DEATH driver locked up for killing a dad in a car crash has had time added to his sentence for robbing a vulnerable neighbour in the street.

Jake Christopher McCabe, 19, viciously bullied a man who carried around his life's possessions in plastic bags, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The tormented victim felt so unsafe afterwards he was forced to move out of the area where he had lived happily for 19 years.

Dad-of-two McCabe is serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. He was driving a stolen 4x4 Hyundai at 70mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the car of dad-of-three Andrew Corfield.

Mr Corfield, 39, died in the crash on Cass House Road, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, minutes away from his home, on October 28 last year.

His daughter Alice, then 17, a passenger in the car, was left fighting for her life and in a coma.

Now 18, she suffered terrible injuries including brain damage and was treated in hospital then a rehabilitation centre in Newcastle.

Three weeks before he caused the crash, McCabe robbed a neighbour described as a vulnerable adult.

The victim sometimes carried his personal belongings, "his life", around in bags, said prosecutor David Crook.

McCabe made bullying, vicious remarks to him, stood in his way and shouted "stop him" when he tried to walk off, the court was told.

The victim was twice grabbed around the neck, spun around, knocked to the ground and had two bags taken off him near his Hemlington home.

McCabe and a second unidentified man rummaged through the bags and stole a telephone.

They left the victim on the ground looking for his glasses, leaving behind a collection of his personal documents.

But the second man ran back at him saying "give me your money or I'm going to kill you" and tried to follow him into his car. …

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