Man convicted of murder of Birmingham grandad Paul Maloney in 2016 - deliberately crashing into his car
Samuel Rogers was over two times the drink drive limit when he used his car as a weapon against Paul Maloney from Kings Norton
Birmingham grandad Paul Maloney died 14 months after he was left paralysed due to Samuel Rogers deliberately driving into him.
Rogers, from Walsall, was almost two times over the drink drive limit when he used his car as a weapon against Paul and his wife on Melchett Road, Kings Norton.
He was jailed for 20 years and six months at Birmingham Crown Court months after the collision on 16 November 2016 - pleading guilty to wounding with intent and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Paul was alive at the time of sentencing. But he later died, aged 52, and police reopened the investigation to find out if his fatal injuries were caused by Rogers.
West Midlands Police said that its officers have been working with specialist doctors and legal experts to re-examine all of the evidence.
Today, 17 June, at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury found Samuel Rogers guilty of murder. He will be sentenced on 7 July.
What happened when Samuel Rogers was first arrested?
Rogers was arrested by our officers at the scene as paramedics performed CPR on Paul. He had initially left the scene but returned shortly after and was pointed out by witnesses.
Our original investigation found that Paul had just pulled over to help the driver of the car in front after Rogers had deliberately driven into her.
He had followed the woman, who he knew, from her home in Stirchley where they had earlier had an argument in which he said he wanted her dead.
A consultant dermatologist, a consultant respiratory physician and consultant anaesthetist all independently concluded that the conditions Paul died of, were directly linked to his injures meaning that he would not have died if Rogers had not driven into him.
What has Paul’s family said about the conviction of Samuel Rogers?
Paul’s family said: “We wish to thank West Midlands Police for their dedication and support. Paul faced his injuries with courage and dignity.
“Paul’s death has had a profound effect on many people and his memory lives on in all who knew him. His family and friends request privacy at this difficult time.”
What has West Midlands Police said about the conviction?
PSI Jon Chew, who led the investigation, said: “Paul should not have died so young. Our investigation proved that.
“The only reason he will never see his family grow is because Samuel Rogers deliberately drove his car into Paul’s. Independent experts proved that his death was directly linked to the injuries he sustained on that day six years ago.
“Paul’s family have experienced an extraordinary level of trauma and heartache because of Samuel’s actions. I hope today’s verdict gives them some comfort as they continue with their lives without Paul.”
If news of this investigation has brought back difficult memories for you, the road safety charity Brake are there to help. Call them on 0808 8000 401.
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