Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Bristol Car Theft Murder

In Bristol Crown Court yesterday, jurors heard the case of an elderly man from Bristol who died when he was repeatedly run over with his car when he tried to stop a thief from stealing it.

Walter Bollen, 76, appears to have left the keys in his car when he got out to open a gate at his home in Green Close, Horfield.

He was run over when he got into a fight with Scott Couch, 23, who was trying to take the car.

Couch had admitted taking and driving the car but denied murder.

The court heard that Couch had been drinking and was looking for a way to return to his home at Severn beach, about six miles away when he came across Mr Bollen and his unlocked Skoda.

Couch jumped into the driver's seat and Mr Bollen went back to the car to try to drag him out.

The pair struggled and witnesses said Mr Bollen was thrown to the ground, possibly after being hit by the vehicle.
Couch is then alleged to have reversed the vehicle and ran over Mr Bollen twice as he lay on the ground.

Couch then sped off before abandoning the car in a neighbouring street with a flat tyre and damage caused in the incident, the court heard.

Mr Bollen was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination showed that he had suffered crushing injuries to his chest and internal organs and had a fractured skull.

The trial will continue today.

Assuming that Scott Couch is found guilty, I wonder how many hours community service he will receive for this!

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