Rushden swimming pool car park killing: Man jailed
A man has been jailed after being found guilty of killing a grandfather by running over him in his car after a row at a party.
Lorenzo Gallucci, 60, died after being thrown in the air by the car outside the Splash swimming pool in Rushden, Northamptonshire.
A jury at Northampton Crown Court found Mohammed Hirsi, 27, of Camden, guilty of manslaughter and criminal damage.
Hirsi was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years imprisonment.
The trial heard Hirsi, of Rowntree Close, Camden, had been involved in a row with Mr Gallucci's nephew on 20 September 2014, and, in anger, used a metal pole to smash the rear window of the car the nephew had been travelling in.
The prosecution said when Hirsi went to to his own car, Mr Gallucci followed him, and that is when Hirsi drove at him.
The court heard the defendant had refused to make any comment when interviewed by Northamptonshire Police.
Hirsi's defence said he had been the victim of racial abuse and had not realised he had hit anybody when driving off.
The court heard Mr Gallucci had been at Rushden Town Band Club prior to the incident.
Mr Gallucci's family, in a statement issued via police after the verdicts, said: "Lorenzo went to the club to have a social beer with his brother-in-law and nephew. He never came home.
"During the course of the evening and in the space of about two minutes, our lives have changed forever.
"Lorenzo will never see his grandchildren, who he adored, grow up. He will never sit at the head of our dining table, overseeing his family who he doted on and would do anything for."
The jury found Hirsi not guilty of a separate charge of affray.
Sentencing him Rupert Mayo said: "You took the deliberate and selfish decision to drive forward with force and to use your car as a weapon."
"It was a deliberate and unlawful act."