Moment killer driver breaks down in tears as he's arrested by police in a Costa for knocking down a pedestrian in a 'panic' after he claimed someone was trying to rob him – as he's convicted of manslaughter

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  • Luke Dann sobbed as he was placed in handcuffs for driving over David Kelly
  • He was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter 

A killer broke down in tears as he was arrested in a Costa Coffee shop for driving over a pedestrian with his car.

Luke Dann, 37, wept as he was apprehended and says ‘what are you doing to me?’ and asks if he was ‘a real police officer’.

Dann looked dazed and confused as he was put in handcuffs after driving over David Kelly, 42, leaving him with fatal injuries.

Dann was cleared of murder today but convicted of manslaughter after a trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

He had claimed he had fled after being the victim of an ‘attempted robbery’ at the scene and described the death of Mr Kelly as a ‘complete accident.’

Luke Dann, 37, sobbed as he was arrested for driving over David Kelly, 42, 

Police approached Dann in a Costa Coffee shop where he confirmed that he owned a Range Rover

Police approached Dann in a Costa Coffee shop where he confirmed that he owned a Range Rover

Dann looked dazed and confused as he was arrested. He denied both murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter

Dann looked dazed and confused as he was arrested. He denied both murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter

Prosecutors said that Dann had 'deliberately' driven over Mr Kelly and knew immediately what he had done

Prosecutors said that Dann had ‘deliberately’ driven over Mr Kelly and knew immediately what he had done

He had denied both murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Prosecutors said he had ‘deliberately drove at and over Mr Kelly, killing him and knew immediately what he had done.’

But he had claimed he had ‘not intentionally’ tried to kill anyone.

Witnesses told the trial Mr Kelly had been ‘off his head’ and ‘erratic’ and was trying to source drugs on the evening of March 21 this year.

He then had an ‘aggressive’ confrontation with Dann in a lane in Plymouth, Devon, that ended with Mr Kelly being driven over.

Dann then phoned 999 and in the call, played to the jury, he said: ‘Someone has just attacked me in my lane.

‘I tried to drive away from them. They just attacked me and attacked my car.’

He told call handlers he didn’t know who had attacked him and claimed he had just been driving home.

He added: ‘I’m just panicking. Oh my God. Please help me. Please. Oh my God…’

A car believed to be a Tesla. Witnesses said that Mr Kelly had been 'off his head' and had an aggressive confrontation with Dann in a lane in Plymouth, before he was driven over

A car believed to be a Tesla. Witnesses said that Mr Kelly had been ‘off his head’ and had an aggressive confrontation with Dann in a lane in Plymouth, before he was driven over

In a prepared statement to police, Dann said he had been travelling home from a snooker hall and had been struck in his car, before he did a three-point turn and reversed away

In a prepared statement to police, Dann said he had been travelling home from a snooker hall and had been struck in his car, before he did a three-point turn and reversed away

In a prepared statement to police later, he claimed he had been travelling home from a snooker hall and had stopped as the other car had started flashing lights.

He said he was struck to the side of the head and had ‘feared a potential ambush’ so did a three-point turn and reversed to try and get away.

He added: ‘I did not intentionally kill anyone with my car.’

Laura Smith, who was at the scene, described Mr Kelly as being ‘extremely aggressive and acting in crazy manner’.

She told the court Dann had stayed in the car and she did not see him move it towards the victim.

She added: ‘I did not hear the sounds of any impact or how he came to be on the floor.’

She said she initially left the scene as others arrived as she was ‘frightened’ and ‘did not want to be involved’ before later returning.

As he left, she said Dann had told her to ‘f**k off’.

Another witness Lorraine Smart told the trial she had understood Mr Kelly had phoned a dealer and had gone to pick up cocaine.

She added: ‘About ten minutes later, Laura came back like a headless chicken. In blind panic.’

She said she was screaming ‘he’s been run over, he’s dead’.

Mr Kelly was found laying on the ground by two dog walkers who tried to give CPR.

Meanwhile, Dann had left the scene and drove his Range Rover to a nearby Costa Coffee.

A barista there said he had told him he had ‘just been attacked’ and sounded ‘distraught’.

Officers then arrived and arrested him on suspicion of murder.

After being asked repeatedly by police at Costa if he drove a car, Dann admitted to officers that he owned a Range Rover

After being asked repeatedly by police at Costa if he drove a car, Dann admitted to officers that he owned a Range Rover 

After confirming he owned a Range Rover, he repeatedly tells officers as he is arrested: ‘What are you doing to me? what are you doing to me?’

A pathologist said the cause of death was multiple injuries, including massive brain injuries and skull fracture.

They said this was caused by a ‘wheel passing over his body, over his torso and over his head’.

The weight of the car meant that it did not need to be driving fast to kill him, the court heard.

Jury’s verdicts were returned today after two and a half days of deliberations.

Speaking after the verdict, Ria Park, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS South West, said: ‘Luke Dann’s aggressive and reckless behaviour cost David Kelly his life.

‘Dann refused to take responsibility for his actions. However, following a thorough investigation, the CPS was able to build and present a strong case to the jury who agreed that the defendant hit Mr Kelly with his car, resulting in his tragic death.

‘Nothing can bring Mr Kelly back to his loved ones, but I hope this conviction goes some way to comfort them at this difficult time. All drivers have a duty to act responsibly whilst behind the wheel of a vehicle; this case shows the devastating consequences of not doing so.’

The judge adjourned sentencing until Wednesday morning.




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