A father as been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after killing a man who was being abusive to children.
Scott Hamshire, 39, patrolled the streets looking for Andrew Huston, 54, after his son called him to say there was a man drunkenly targeting children on their estate in Rainham, Essex.
He was cleared yesterday after a court heard that he did not intend to kill Mr Huston on April 23, 2017, just speak to him.
Other witnesses said they had seen Mr Huston behaving aggressively and appeared upset. One told him to ‘go home and put the kettle on’.
However, when he found him, Mr Huston punched him through his window then jumped onto his car. Mr Hamshire panicked and started driving before braking heavily.
Prosecutor Max Hardy said: ‘[Witness] Keith Hinton saw the car come to an abrupt stop and the man on the roof was catapulted off the roof, slammed the bonnet, landed on the road and slid along the road before coming to a stop against the reversing car with some force.’
Mr Huston died at the scene and Mr Hamshire fled the scene in panic, but handed himself in the following day saying that he acted in self-defence.
As he was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving yesterday, Mr Huston’s family wailed and left the court in tears.
Manwhile, Mr Hamshire breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at his family as he was told he could leave the dock.