Birmingham mom convicted of trying to help killer son evade capture

-Credit: (Image: WMP)
-Credit: (Image: WMP)

The mother and the partner of a man who murdered a father when he ploughed into him in a car, have been convicted for trying to help him evade capture. Faye Gowdy from Edgbaston helped her son Ashley Donald flee the country two days after he killed Andrew Flamon.

Donald was driving a silver Mondeo when he deliberately went the wrong way up Grosvenor Road a one-way street in Coventry and fatally hit the dad as he walked his dog just before 11pm on 12 July, 2022. Mr Flamson, who was 40, died three days later in hospital from catastrophic head injuries.

Gowdy and his partner Bethany Donohue, then provided him with money and bought tickets as he fled to Ireland. Pursuing police used detailed phone work, CCTV analysis and scrutinised bank transactions to plot what was happening.

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On 19 July, officers arrested Gowdy at home in Edgbaston and when Donohue landed back at Birmingham Airport on the same day, she too was detained. The process to extradite Donald from Ireland was also instigated but he returned to the UK in September and handed himself in at Coventry Police Station.

Following a trial in May last year, Donald was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 23 years after being convicted of Mr Flamson's murder. Three other men who were also in the car at the time were convicted of manslaughter and were each jailed for between 12 and 15 years.

Bethany Donohue
Bethany Donohue -Credit:WMP

Gowdy, 44 of Carpenter Road, Edgbaston and Donohue, aged 23, of Albany Road, Coventry, were both convicted of assisting an offender on Monday (July 1). They are due for sentence on 12 August at Leamington Crown Court.

Det Insp Tom Lyons, said: "This was an awful case of a car being used as a weapon with devastating results. For anyone to then assist the perpetrator of such an act as they tried to evade justice is wholly unacceptable. "And we have not shied away from bringing both these women who attempted to do just that before the courts."