After 12 years, a man has been sentenced after a five-year-old boy was knocked down and killed in south Manchester.
34-year-old Nawnee Mackin from Manchester was sentenced on Monday 23 November 2015, to nine years in prison after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Crown Square.
Mackin he was also banned from driving for 10 years.
On Sunday 9 February 2003, five-year-old Samuel Walker was crossing Hardy Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy along with his mum, 12-year-old sister and five-year-old cousin after visiting the Co-Op on Barlow Moor Road to pick up items for a family picnic.
Mackin was driving a silver Mitsubishi Gallant and came speeding towards them in the middle of the road.
As the car came towards them, Samuel’s mum tried to protect her children and screamed for the car to stop but Mackin ignored her desperate cries and made no attempt to stop.
Having missed most of the family the car had hit Samuel and his mum screamed for help as she ran to her son.
Ambulance staff attempted to revive Samuel – who would have been 18 this year in March – at the scene and he was rushed to Wythenshawe hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.
Mackin had stolen the car after its owner had parked up near a phone booth to use make a phone call. The owner, Craig Chevelleau contacted the police contacted the police almost 3 hours after the incident.
Rather than immediately report it stolen, Chevelleau claimed that he thought it was a friend of his joking around so went home to get his bicycle before riding around the Moss Side area of Manchester looking for the car.
Having already been found guilty for perverting the course of justice, Chevelleau will be sentenced at a later date,
In September 2012, officers from Greater Manchester Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) reopened the investigation into the death of Sam and after a widespread investigation; police were finally able to identify Mackin as the driver.
Sergeant Lee Westhead from the GMP SCIU said: “Today’s verdict marks the end of a twelve year wait for justice for Samuel’s family”.