Hit and run driver jailed for ten years

29/06/2017

A 22-year-old driver has today been jailed for a total of ten years' at Birmingham Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run incident in the city.

On 17 March 2017, Connor McCaugherty stole a Ford Mondeo from the Bordesley Green area of the city. On 23 March and 26 March, the defendant drove to a Morrisons and a Shell petrol station from where he filled up the stolen car with fuel and drove off without paying.

On 26 March 2017 police received a report of a burglary in Erdington and went to the location and as they were conducting an area search, they saw the defendant in the stolen vehicle. The officers have attempted to stop the car, but the defendant has driven off and a police pursuit ensued.

The pursuit covered several miles during which McCaugherty drove at high speeds and switched the headlights off in an attempt to lose the police. As he approached the Belgrave Middleway, a traffic light controlled junction with pedestrian crossing, the traffic control lights were on red, but the defendant continued to drive at high speed through the red signal, without braking.

Dil Bhadur Subedi was crossing the road with another pedestrian and as the defendant drove through the junction, he hit the victim. The defendant failed to stop and continued to drive at high speed away from the scene with a heavily damaged windscreen. Officers terminated the pursuit and provided medical assistance to Mr Subedi who passed away at the scene.

The following day, police found the stolen Mondeo in Northfield where it has been set on fire.

The defendant was arrested on 30 March when he was seen driving a stolen Citroen C4. He abandoned the car and officers detained him on canal towpath.

McCaugherty pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of  assault by beating, two of making off without payment, dangerous driving, possessing a controlled drug of class B, perverting the course of justice and taking a conveyance without authority.

He was also sentenced for offences of dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, assaulting an officer and criminal damage which were all committed on 11 December 2016. In these matters, McCaugherty had again driven dangerously to evade police over roads, which included the Belgrave Middleway.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Over a short period of time, Connor McCaugherty committed a number of offences which culminated in the death of Dil Bhadur Subedi.

"The victim was crossing the road when the defendant's car struck him. Knowing he had hit a pedestrian, McCaugherty failed to stop and instead used this opportunity to make his escape.

"Our thoughts are today with family and friends of Mr Subedi."