Vigilante driver kills on camera: CCTV shows moment motorist chases two thieves riding his stolen motorbike before one dies when he RAMS them off road – as he’s jailed for 10 years
- CCTV footage shows Mihai Dinisoae chasing the two thieves on May 5
- After knocking them off the bike, passenger Joshua Molloy died at the scene
- He was cleared of murder and jailed for ten years for manslaughter
Chilling CCTV footage shows the moment a vigilante driver chases two thieves riding his stolen motorbike, before one dies when he rams them off road.
Mihai Dinisoae, 32, was jailed on Wednesday for ten years for the manslaughter of pillion passenger Joshua Molloy who was thrown from the bike and against a lamp post following the chase through Newcastle.
The high speed pursuit took place on the morning of May 5 and CCTV shows Mr Dinisoae driving the wrong way round roundabouts and using his vehicle to repeatedly ram the motorcycle.
Mr Dinisoae was cleared of murdering the 28-year-old following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle Crown Court was told Mr Molloy and an associate had stolen Mr Dinisoae’s motorcycle from outside his home on Baldwin Avenue, Fenham, and the Romanian national gave chase in his Vauxhall Vectra.
After knocking the thieves off his bike, he left them both severely injured in the street.
Emergency services attended the scene but Mr Molloy died at the scene while the 29-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Mr Dinisoae was arrested by police hours after the collision and admitted he had pursued the men but claimed they had lost control and he did not cause the collision.
Mihai Dinisoae (left) was jailed for ten years for the manslaughter of Joshua Molloy(right) who died at the scene
Last month a jury cleared him of murder and he has since admitted manslaughter.
He had previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to injuries suffered by the rider who survived.
After the case Detective Inspector Joanne Brooks said the killer should have called the police instead of taking the law into his own hands.
She said: ‘I have no doubt that Mihai Dinisoae had completely lost control of his emotions and was intent on chasing down his victims.
The high speed pursuit took place on the morning of May 5 in Newcastle
‘He made no attempts to alert authorities of the theft and instead tried to chase down the two men himself to get his hands on his property.
‘The footage demonstrates just how mindless the actions of Dinisoae were that morning and he has ultimately led to Josh’s death.’
Dinisoae was also issued with a four-year driving ban that will begin upon his release from prison.
The case drew a strong reaction when Northumbria Police posted about it on its Facebook page, with one person saying he wanted to buy Dinisoae a pint, and others saying vigilante action was inevitable if crimes went unpunished.
The messages prompted the police to respond, urging people to treat Mr Molloy’s grieving family with respect.
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