A driver who deliberately drove into a much-loved Birmingham grandad in 2016 was jailed for life yesterday (Thursday, July 7) - with a minimum tariff of 22 years.
Samuel Rogers, from Walsall, was convicted of murdering Paul Maloney, from Kings Norton, last month.
Paul was left paralysed after Rogers drove into his Ford CMax on Melchett Road in Kings Norton. The 52 year-old died 14 months later in hospital from pneumonia and sepsis.
Rogers had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 20 years.
But detectives reopened the investigation after Paul’s death.
What did detectives find when they reopened the case?
A West Midlands Police spokesperson explained: “For the past six years, we worked with specialist doctors and legal experts to re-examine all of the evidence.
“Medical experts independently concluded that the conditions Paul died of, were directly linked to his injures meaning that he would not have died if Samuel Rogers had not driven into him.
“On Friday 17 June at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury found Samuel Rogers guilty of murder.
“On Thursday 7 July he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years to run alongside the sentence he is currently serving.”
What happened on the night of the tragic incident?
Rogers was almost two times over the drink drive limit when “he used his car as a weapon” against Paul and his wife.
Paul had pulled up to help a female driver in a car in front of him. Rogers knew the woman and had deliberately driven into her after following her from her home in Stirchley where he had argued with her and told her that he wanted her dead.
Rogers was arrested at the scene as paramedics performed CPR on Paul.
What has Paul’s family said about the sentence?
“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 have the investigating officers said about the case in their own words?
Police staff investigator 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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