Police release footage of driver who killed Grandad during rampage

Horrifying footage has been released of a driver who killed a Grandad during a devastating rampage.

The distressing dashcam footage shows Gavin Collins, 39, overtaking vehicles at speed while shouting: “Let’s go! I’m enraged. I’m Jesus. I’m the descendant of God.”

Collins can even be seen ripping off the rear view mirror and taking his hands off the wheel, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

While out for a walk, 87-year-old Terry Radford was struck down by Collins as he revered into him.



Watch the video above, released by Nottinghamshire Police, of Gavin Collins’ deranged and horrifying crime spree

In the video, as he rockets and swerves past traffic, Collins can be heard shouting:  “Watch me go!” as he begins to pick up speed. “I’m getting stronger and stronger.”

His half and hour long rampage came to an end after police tasered him before pulling him out of a crashed car on Good Friday, April 19.

Collins, formerly of Addison Street, Tibshelf, Derbyshire was jailed on Wednesday, July 1.

He was handed a discretionary life sentence with the minimum term to serve of 14 years before he is eligible for parole for manslaughter by diminished responsibility for the death of Mr Radford.

Under new legislation, the judge passed a discretionary life sentence, which means an offender can serve two thirds of a minimum term for a serious offence.

Collins went to a neighbour’s home, let himself in and took the car keys and the car, the court heard.

He drove the car dangerously towards Skegby where he hits a house in Mansfield Road.

He then gets out of the car, where he approaches the owner of the house who happens to be standing outside and makes threats to him and tries to steal his car.

Then a member of the public – who was driving – pulls up to see if she can help, winds her passenger window down and he leans through and gets in the car.

Collins ended up pushing the woman out of her Corsa, getting in the driver’s seat and carrying on driving.

By now it is 9.15am and police started getting reports that a vehicle was driving erratically up a pedestrian path around Manor Sport and Recreation Centre, Mansfield Woodhouse.

The Corsa got wedged on railings, leaving Collins to go to a nearby house in Worcester Avenue where resident Nicola Cox was in the living room with her two sons, aged five months and four years.

Collins – who had just been released from prison on a tagged curfew – smashed his way in with a patio slab and made a sign of a cross on the glass with his own blood.

He then demanded the woman’s keys, threatened to kill her sons, then took the keys and drew a cross in blood on the mother’s head and on the baby’s.

Moments later, Collins got into a Seat Leon, with the keys taken from Mrs Cox’s home, and reversed into former teacher and magistrate Mr Radford who died at the scene.

He returned to the Seat and twice rammed a police car before driving off at high speed.

The chase ended in a cul-de-sac in Park Hall Gardens, where he crashed into a front garden and police tasered him.

Mr Radford was a retired teacher having taught at Valley Comprehensive, now known as Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop, between 1979 and 1994.

In a statement issued last year, paying tribute to Mr Radford, his family said: “We’re absolutely devastated at the loss of the most wonderful dad and granddad who was loved and respected by everyone.

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman from Nottinghamshire Police said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances that has obviously had a devastating and profound impact on Mr Radford’s family and friends.

“Our thoughts continue to be with them at this extremely difficult time as well as with those people affected by Collins’ actions that day.

“I would like to thank the officers and emergency services staff who responded to this incident and the team that subsequently worked thoroughly and professionally on a difficult investigation”

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