Father-of-two, 39, is cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after killing a drunken pedestrian who was trying to attack him prompting the dead man’s family to shriek and flee the courtroom in tears
- Andrew Huston was ‘catapulted’ to his death from roof of Scott Hamshire’s car
- Hamshire disputed criminal liability should be attached to manner of his driving
- Hamshire was cleared by the jury after seven hours and 23 minutes
Scott Hamshire, 39, (pictured) denied and was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving
A father-of-two who ran over and killed a pedestrian while trying to protect his son from a drunken assault was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.
Andrew Huston, 54, was ‘catapulted’ to his death from the roof of Scott Hamshire’s Vauxhall Astra on 22 April 2017.
Hamshire, 39, had patrolled the area outside his home in Rainham, Essex, in the silver car after hearing Mr Huston was drunkenly hurling abuse at local children, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Huston had been spotted roaming the streets ‘tearful and emotional’ by a passing driver before Hamshire caught up with him, jurors heard.
But Hamshire maintained that he had only been planning to ask Mr Huston about the incident between him and the kids before violence erupted.
CCTV footage showed the 54-year-old charging at the car and punching the father through the open window before leaping onto the bonnet and pounding the windscreen.
A resident watched in horror as the victim’s body ‘slammed’ onto the bonnet of another nearby car before falling limp to the floor when the car screeched to a halt.
The driver frantically reversed and drove away but handed himself in a day later, prosecutors claim.
He accepted he was behind the wheel but said he ‘panicked’ and acted in self-defence after Mr Huston mounted the vehicle.
Hamshire was cleared by the jury of causing death by dangerous driving after seven hours and 23 minutes of deliberations.
Mr Huston’s family shrieked and fled the courtroom in tears after the verdict was announced.
Hamshire was cleared by the jury of causing death by dangerous driving after seven hours and 23 minutes of deliberations at The Old Bailey
Hamshire breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at his family in the public gallery as he was invited to leave the dock.
Prosecutor Max Hardy earlier said ‘On 22 April 2017 Andrew Huston was thrown from the roof of a Vauxhall Astra driven by Scott Hamshire on Lower Mardyke Avenue, Dagenham.
‘As a result of being thrown from the roof of the car he struck his head causing him a fatal injury.
‘There is no dispute in this case that Mr Hamshire drove aware that Mr Huston was on the roof of his car.
‘There is no dispute that Mr Huston’s death was caused by being thrown from the roof of that car.
‘What is disputed by the defendant is that any criminal liability should attach to the manner of his driving.’
Mr Hardy went on: ‘(Witness) Keith Hinton saw the car come to an abrupt stop and the man on the roof was catapulted off the roof, slammed the bonnet, landed on the road and slid along the road before coming to a stop against the reversing car with some force.’
Adam Mansfield had crossed paths with Mr Huston moments before the collision when he staggered in front of the witness’ car.
He told Mr Huston to ‘go home and put the kettle on’ after he said he wanted to kill himself, the court heard.
Mr Hardy said: ‘Mr Mansfield got out of his car and tried to calm the man down. He put his arm around the man’s shoulder, the man looked tearful and emotional.
‘He could smell alcohol on his breath and his words were disjointed. The man said that he wanted to kill himself and he’d had enough.
‘He told the man to put the kettle on and sleep it off and saw the man stagger off.’
The prosecutor added: ‘[Hamshire] told DC Baines that he had been on the way to Lakeside with his girlfriend Kylie when he received a phone call from his son, stating that there was a man running round the estate who was being verbally abusive and threatening the kids with violence.
‘He stated that he wasn’t looking for a fight, just wanting to know why he had an issue with his kids.’
Hamshire denied and was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.
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