By Christian Smith
A 29-year-old man who ran over an ex-Royal Navy officer with his own car has been convicted of murder.
Ryan Gibbons, of Steven Court, Chorlton, who admitted to Aggravated Vehicle Taking in April this year, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, where the jury took only four hours to find him guilty of causing the untimely death of Mr Samwell.
A second man, Raymond Davies, 21, who drove Gibbons to the Mr Samwell’s address was also found guilty of manslaughter. Both men will be sentenced today.
Mr Samwell, 35, died after trying to stop the theft of his Audi S3 from his home in Manchester, in the early hours of Sunday (April 23).
Mr Samwell’s wife, told the court she ran outside when she heard him shouting, “Oi, oi, no, oi, oi! Oh not the fucking car!”
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“When I got to him he had tyre marks across his chest,” she said while giving evidence earlier this month. “I was shouting, ‘Help! Help! Somebody help me!’ I was just telling him that I loved him and holding his hand.”
“It has been just over 6 months since we lost our Mike. We greet the verdict today with a mixture of sadness and relief. Relief that this process is over; that we no longer have to go over the excruciating final events that took Mike from us. Sadness for the potential that has been stolen from us; the future that we will never get to see. We are also saddened by the senseless waste of life that this event has wrought, not only Mike’s life but the lives of all of those connected to this awful act.
“We are confident in the justice system and have been extremely well supported by members of the police and CPS. We’re extremely grateful to the people who have put so much time and effort into this case, working long hours and putting their lives aside to see justice done. We’re particularly thankful to our family liaison officers who have been there for us without fail from the day that Mike died.
“Now that the trial is concluded, we can put the brutality of Mike’s death to one side and focus on the life of our much loved husband, son, brother and friend, who we are so thankful to have had in our lives.