Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Witness 'Life at Risk'after Killer Driver Convicted Who Had Seen Him Month. Now It Has "The Witness Received on the Day of the Accident, Chris Osuh ; 'Death Threats'to Man Who Gave Evidence against Criminal Jailed for Hit-and-Run Death of Boy Aged Five

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Witness 'Life at Risk'after Killer Driver Convicted Who Had Seen Him Month. Now It Has "The Witness Received on the Day of the Accident, Chris Osuh ; 'Death Threats'to Man Who Gave Evidence against Criminal Jailed for Hit-and-Run Death of Boy Aged Five

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aWITNESS who identified a hit-and-run killer who evaded justice for TWELVE years has been warned his life is at risk.

Samuel Walker, aged five, was killed by joyrider Nawnee Mackin as he crossed Hardy Lane, Chorlton, with his mum on the afternoon of February 9, 2003.

Mackin, a local criminal, was not identified as the driver until police relaunched the investigation in 2013, when a witness who had seen him 'revving' away from the scene finally broke his silence.

The man's evidence led to Mackin, 34, of Astbury Avenue, Chorlton being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for nine years last month. Now it has emerged that the star witness - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - has been issued with a 'threats to life' warning by police.

Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw told a Manchester Crown Court hearing: "The witness received a threats to life warning arising out of intelligence of threats emanating from Mr Mackin, and there's been a very significant and genuine concern for his welfare." As a result of concern for the witness' safety, a court order banning the man's name from being reported in connection with the case has been made.

The order was made as Craig Chevelleau, 33, of Hathersage Road, Longsight, who owned the car that knocked down Samuel, was sentenced to 23 months in jail for perverting the course of justice. …

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