A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for perverting the course of justice, following the death of a five-year-old boy in 2003.
On Wednesday 9 December 2015, Craig Chevelleau of HMP Manchester was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court, following a trial in June 2015.
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.
As the young family crossed the road, a silver Mitsubishi Gallant came speeding towards them. Samuel’s mum tried to protect her children and screamed at the driver of the car to stop but the driver, Nawnee Mackin, ignored her desperate cries.
Although it missed most of the family, the car had hit Samuel. Ambulance staff attempted to revive Samuel at the scene, and he was rushed to Wythenshawe hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead.
He would have celebrated his 18th birthday in March of this year.
Police found it abandoned on a footpath in Riverside Walk. Almost three hours later, the owner of the Mitsubishi Gallant, Craig Chevelleau, contacted police to report the car stolen.
Chevelleau claimed he was parked near a phone box, when he saw his car being driven off by an unknown offender using the keys which had been left in the vehicle.
He didn’t report it to the police, thinking it was a friend pulling a prank on him, he claimed.
The car had actually been driven by his criminal associate, Nawnee Mackin, who was sentenced on 23 November 2015 to nine years in prison. Mackin was guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Senior Investigating Officer, Police Sergeant Lee Westhead said, “The actions of Chevelleau on 9 February 2003 and in the years since, were a calculated attempt to pervert the course of justice.
“This deception and the web of lies that supported it, drew the attention and resources of the original investigation team”.
“Chevelleau is an insidious individual and he and Mackin are now where they both belong”.