The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dad

Two violent car thieves have been jailed for running over a dad who tried to stop them taking his pick-up truck, leaving him with a serious injury which means he can’t play with his children. The victim, a mechanic in his 30s, parked up his Toyota Hilux at his workplace in Rochdale before watching in horror when he saw thieves, who had arrived in another car, drive it away. But the Hilux was fitted with a tracking device and he found it stuck in traffic a short distance away.

Jamie Lee Hannon

He opened the passenger door and a ‘scuffle’ ensued in which he was kicked from the Toyota, banging his head on a nearby parked car, prosecutor Darren Preston told Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

As the Hilux sped away, the second car which had been involved in the original theft then ran over the prone victim as he lay in the road.

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The victim was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain, as well as a broken finger and cuts and bruises all over his body following the incident on February 6 this year. But one of the defendants, a passenger in the Hilux, Jamie Lee Hannon, had lost a shoe as he kicked at his victim. Analysis found his DNA on the shoe.

The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dadDaniel Arthur White

His partner in crime, Daniel White, was at the wheel and sped away.

In a personal statement read out in court, the victim described how his injuries had left him unable to make sudden movements or exert himself.

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He said it upset him that he could not longer play with his children for a prolonged period of time. Just the thought of the serious head injury he had suffered ‘scares’ him, he admitted, and he feared for his livelihood. He now has to take sleeping tablets and he still has nightmares about the incident and sometimes wakes up sweating, he said.

The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dadJamie Lee Hannon

He said he was scared for his family and feared the men who had attacked him knew where he worked and would return.

He worried about the stress he was putting on himself, his children and wife, he said.

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White, 20, had four previous convictions for seven offences including dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking, although he had never received a custodial sentence before, the court heard. Hannon, 24, also had a bad record, with 16 offences to his name including assault and dangerous driving. The driver of the car which ran over the victim has never been found.

The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dadJamie Lee Hannon in a picture from prison he posted on Facebook

Adam Roxborough, defending Hannon, told the court the crime had not been ‘premeditated’ and that his client had expressed ‘remorse’.

Hannon, he said, accepted that he had succumbed to ‘negative influences’ and had been ‘drawn into’ car crime. A pre-sentence report had said his client had a ‘lack of maturity’ but also he had demonstrated ‘some victim empathy’, said Mr Roxborough.

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“He’s had nine months in custody at Forest Bank to reflect on his behaviour,” said the barrister. While inside, he had completed the first part of a football coaching course and he will finish the second part of it when he comes out of prison, the court heard.

The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dadDaniel Arthur White

The court heard that, in a previous incident, Hannon had stolen a GBP17,000 BMW in Rochdale and then crashed it into a house as he tried to get away.

The householder had to move out for three months while it was repaired. He had also led police on a 80mph chase through Littleborough after making off from a petrol station without paying.

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Amos Waldman, defending White, said his client had been diagnosed with ADHD aged 15 and was ‘immature’. White was ‘remorseful’ and intended only to get away rather than cause injury, the court heard.

The judge, Recorder Paul Reid QC, said one of the ‘aggravating features’ of the crime which left their victim with a fractured skull was that both defendants had previous convictions for dangerous driving.

The remorseless car thieves who ran over a dadDaniel Arthur White

Jamie Lee Hannon, of Belfield Road in Rochdale was given 42 months in jail after he admitted two counts of aggravated vehicle taking, GBH, dangerous driving, making off without paying and burglary.

Daniel Arthur White, of Belfield Mill Lane in Rochdale was given 40 months custody after he admitted handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified, burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and GBH.

Both men smiled and waved to members of their families as they were led away to begin their sentences.

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