Man jailed for killing pensioner during driving rampage

A man who killed an 87-year-old grandfather after driving into him at a bus stop in Mansfield Woodhouse has today been handed a life sentence, with a minimum of 14 years to serve.

Gavin Collins, 39, formerly of Addison Street, Tibshelf, Derbyshire, was previously found guilty by a jury of manslaughter by diminished responsibility following the death of Terry Radford.

The 30-minute crime spree saw Collins scream: "Let's go! Let's go! I'm enraged. I'm Jesus. I'm the descendant of God."

The death left his Mr Radford's family devastated.

In a statement released last year, the family said: "We're absolutely devastated at the loss of the most wonderful dad and granddad who was loved and respected by everyone.

"He was the hub of our family. He was 87 but remained intelligent, articulate and funny. He was great company to be with and was as sharp as a pin.

"He was extremely fit and most people took him for a healthy 70-year-old. Having looked after mum who had extreme dementia, and who we lost last September, he was finally getting his life back.

"He had three holidays planned for this year (2019) including to the USA and a European river cruise.

"Now he won't get to live out those dreams and his family and wide circle of friends won't get to share more great times with him."

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman said: "This is a tragic set of circumstances that has obviously had a devastating and profound impact on Mr Radford's family and friends.

"Our thoughts continue to be with them at this extremely difficult time as well as with those people affected by Collins' actions that day.

"I would like to thank the officers and emergency services staff who responded to this incident and the team that subsequently worked thoroughly and professionally on a difficult investigation in order to secure this result at court today."

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