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Man jailed following fatal collision

News   •   Dec 19, 2018 16:00 GMT

[Jailed: Alistair McWilliams]

A man who admitted killing a pensioner after losing control of a stolen car has been jailed.

Alistair McWilliams, 33 (17.11.85) of no fixed abode, was sentenced on Wednesday, 19 December to eight years and four months imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving, and five years for aggravated vehicle taking. The sentences are to run concurrently.

He was also sentenced to a year for causing death whilst uninsured and one-year for causing death while unlicensed, also to run concurrently. McWilliams was disqualified from driving for 12 years and five months and will be required to pass an extended re-test.

Police were called to Leighton Road, NW5 at 02:53hrs on Thursday, 23 August and found Richard Docherty with a severe head injury.

It was established that McWilliams had stolen a Nissan Primera from West Heath Road, NW3 before colliding with Mr Docherty - who was walking along a footpath - and crashing into the front garden of a house.

Mr Docherty was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. He died on Tuesday, 4 September.

McWilliams went on the run but was arrested and subsequently charged in connection with Mr Docherty's death on Friday, 14 September. He pleaded guilty to all charges at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 16 October.

Detective Sergeant Ben Massink, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, led the investigation. He said: "The sudden and unexpected death of Mr Docherty was brought about by the dishonest, dangerous and shocking actions of a man who has now been sentenced to many years in prison.

"Although this outcome will not bring Mr Docherty back to his family, it will, I hope, help to bring comfort and closure for them. This was what can only be described as a tragedy and my thoughts remain with Mr Docherty's family and friends."

Mr Docherty's family attended court to hear today's sentencing.

They read out their impact statement which detailed the effect the collision has had on their lives.

In a family statement, they said: "Our dad, Richard Docherty was 77 years old when he was killed by the dangerous and reckless actions of Alistair McWilliams.

"Alistair McWilliams showed no mercy, humanity or compassion when he left our dad in the street with catastrophic injuries, alone and dying.

"Any remorse that Alistair McWilliams claims to have is for purely selfish and self-serving reasons. Our family will never forgive Alistair McWilliams for what he has done and for the pain and suffering that he caused our dad, and continues to cause our family."

McWilliams was also sentenced at the Old Bailey today after being convicted of a burglary in Hampstead on Sunday, 20 May.

This investigation was led by Detective Constable Jess Bannister from the Central North Command Unit.

McWilliams stole items worth in the region of £60,000 to £100,000 during the burglary. He was arrested on Friday, 14 September and denied involvement, but was linked to the theft by DNA.

He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, to be served consecutively.