Jail for 110mph driver who killed man on cross­ing

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Nick McCarthy Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

ABANNED driver has been jailed for 10 years after killing a fa­ther-of-three on a pedes­trian cross­ing while flee­ing po­lice at speeds of up to 110mph.

Con­nor McCaugh­erty, 23, ad­mit­ted caus­ing the death of Dil Ba­hadur Subedi min­utes after po­lice aban­doned a high-speed pur­suit be­cause of his er­ratic and dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Mo­ments be­fore the fa­tal col­li­sion he had switched off his lights, jumped a red light and was trav­el­ling at 90mph.

McCaugh­erty killed the 45-yearold fam­ily man while he was sub­ject to a sus­pended sen­tence and on bail for an ear­lier high-speed chase.

Mr Subedi, a chef, was cross­ing Bel­grave Mid­dle­way at 11.30pm on March 26 when he was hit by a green Ford Mon­deo which failed to stop at the scene. The car was later dis­cov­ered burnt out near Sov­er­eign Heights, in Ru­bery. A wit­ness claimed he heard the driver walk­ing away laugh­ing.

McCaugh­erty, of no fixed ad­dress, ad­mit­ted caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Birmingham Crown Court. He also ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice by set­ting fire to the Mon­deo.

Birmingham Crown Court heard just a day after the crash he had stolen an­other car dur­ing a test drive and was ar­rested by po­lice on March 31. He went on to as­sault po­lice of­fi­cers and cus­tody staff.

He had also been in­volved in an ear­lier 10-mile po­lice pur­suit in De­cem­ber driv­ing a Rover 25, which saw him hit speeds of 80mph in a 20mph area. He crashed into mul­ti­ple cars dur­ing the dan­ger­ous 15-minute chase through King­stand­ing, Erd­ing­ton, As­ton, Birmingham city cen­tre and Dig­beth.

At one point he mounted the pave­ment, forc­ing pedes­tri­ans to jump out of the way be­fore be­ing ar­rested and bailed. Chill­ingly, one vic­tim warned it would only be “a mat­ter of time” be­fore McCaugh­erty killed some­body.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tariq Sha­hoor said McCaugh­erty had stolen the Mon­deo on March 17 be­fore later killing Mr Subedi from Bordes­ley Green in the March 26 crash.

He said: “Po­lice spot­ted the stolen car trav­el­ling at speed through Erd­ing­ton’s Perry Com­mon Road. They at­tempt to stop the car, but it didn’t stop and in­stead jumped red lights on Short Heath Road.

“He then trav­elled on the wrong side of the road and en­tered Erd­ing­ton’s Six Ways is­land on the wrong side.”

The court heard that he hit speeds of 110mph on the As­ton Ex­press­way with po­lice forced to drive at 126mph just to keep up. Of­fi­cers aban­doned the pur­suit when the car went through a red light mo­ments be­fore strik­ing Mr Subedi.

McCaugh­erty had switched off his lights and was es­ti­mated to be driv­ing at 90mph when he hit Mr Subedi. The im­pact threw the vic­tim 30-feet in the air, leav­ing him with fa­tal in­juries.

The court heard McCaugh­erty had 13 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 27 dif­fer­ent of­fences, in­clud­ing theft, bur­glary, pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon, rob­bery, as­saults and driv­ing of­fences.

In jail­ing McCaugh­erty for 10 years and ban­ning him from driv­ing for 11-and-a-half, Judge Mark Wall QC said he had thrown the Subedi fam­ily’s lives into to­tal “dis­ar­ray and sad­ness”.

> Jailed: Con­nor McCaugh­erty

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