Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Justice for OAP Run over by Trail of Havoc Car Thieves

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Justice for OAP Run over by Trail of Havoc Car Thieves

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter ChronicleCourt

ONE of three men left a pensioner seriously injured in a hit and run on a zebra crossing - but none of them will face justice for it because it can't be proved which of them was responsible.

Colin Gorman, Gary Shackleton and Louis Jardine were all in a stolen car which left a trail of destruction, including running over 72-year-old Alexander McDonald and leaving him for dead.

However, prosecutors were unable to prove which one of them was behind the wheel when it hit the pensioner in North Shields, meaning noone will be punished for it.

A court heard the three men, along with front seat passenger Jade Stewart, brought chaos to the roads before and after the collision which left Mr McDonald with broken bones and life-changing injuries.

Sentencing them for aggravated vehicle taking, Recorder William Lowe QC said: "It is the case that the driver of the vehicle at that point was one of the defendants.

"It's not possible to prove to the required standard who was the driver.

"Had it been so, the CPS would have brought a charge of GBH, which has a maximum sentence of five years."

The court heard a Proton car was stolen from outside a woman's home in the West End of Newcastle, in April last year.

Around 90 minutes later, the Proton was on Saville Street, North Shields, again being driven erratically, stopping and starting, wheel spinning and zig-zagging across the road.

Richard Herrmann, prosecuting, said: "The very unfortunate witness, Alexander McDonald, who was 72 at the time, was struck by the vehicle on a zebra crossing, causing him lifechanging injuries.

"Mr McDonald had been to the shops and, having looked both ways and satisfied himself it was safe to cross, he began to cross, and the vehicle hit him. A witness looked to her right down the street where the crossing was and she saw the body of Mr McDonald being flung into the air by the collision."

The pensioner, who was a keen golfer, suffered a break to the top of his arm and shoulder area, his right leg was fractured and he needed stitches to his forehead and had other cuts and bruises to his body. …

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