Ex-navy’s family ripped apart as he is murdered for his car
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say they ‘will not stop’ until they find the killers of a Navy veteran in Chorlton.
Michael Samwell was hit by his own car after tackling burglars outside his home in South Manchester.
The 35-year-old left his wife Jessica in bed to investigate a ‘loud bang’ downstairs at 3am on 23 April.
Moments later he was lying fatally injured outside the property after being run over by his £35,000 black Audi A3.
The badly damaged car was later found abandoned. Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick urged underworld figures to turn in his killers.
Det Supt Chadwick said, ‘It’s obvious to everyone here that this is a line that was crossed. The persons who did this can’t be protected, Michael just went downstairs to investigate a noise’.
Mr Samwell spent more than ten years in the Royal Navy, some of them as a submarine officer, after studying at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon.
The Leeds University graduate, who worked for an engineering company, married long-term girlfriend Jessica in July 2011.
He was found lying in a parking area behind his home and taken by ambulance to Manchester Royal Infirmary but died from multiple injuries an hour later.
His ‘devastated’ wife was being comforted by her family.
‘Clearly her world has been ripped apart, and I can’t comprehend what they must be going through’, Det Supt Chadwick said.
‘We will not stop until we have found the person responsible for this dreadful crime’. Forensics officers were yesterday searching for clues outside the couple’s home in an affluent area of Chorlton.
One of Mr Samwell’s neighbours, a 35-year-old university lecturer, said: ‘You hear a lot about burglary in the area, it’s the Manchester capital for it. It’s awful that someone was just trying to defend their property’.
Det Supt Chadwick warned the killers: ‘We are going to find out who you are. So it would be better for everybody if you gave yourself up’.