Man who chased motorbike thieves jailed for 10 years after killing one in fatal crash

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A driver who chased two thieves on a motorbike stolen from his house has been jailed for 10 years for killing one of them.

Mihai Dinisoae, a Romanian national, was sentenced on Wednesday for the manslaughter of 28-year-old Josh Molloy, who was thrown from the bike and against a lamppost when Dinisoae hit the motorcycle in his Vauxhall Vectra.

He had earlier been cleared of murder following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Mr Molloy and his associate, a 29-year-old man, had stolen the motorbike from outside Dinisoae's home in Baldwin Avenue, Fenham, on 5 May, prompting a high-speed chase through Newcastle.

CCTV released by police shows Dinisoae driving the wrong way round roundabouts and ramming the motorcycle with the two men aboard.

After eventually knocking them both off, he is said to have left them severely injured in the street.

The 29-year-old was treated in hospital and survived the incident, but Mr Molloy died at the scene.

Dinisoae, who was arrested hours after the collision, told police he had conducted the pursuit but did not cause the incident - claiming the two thieves had lost control.

He was later cleared of murder at trial, but admitted to manslaughter.

This was in addition to previously admitting to causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to injuries suffered by the rider who survived.

Detective Inspector Joanne Brooks, from Northumbria Police, said there was "no doubt" that Dinisoae had "lost control of his emotions" but said he should not have taken the law into his own hands.

"He made no attempts to alert authorities of the theft and instead tried to chase down the two men himself to get his hands on his property," she said.

"The footage demonstrates just how mindless the actions of Dinisoae were that morning and he has ultimately led to Josh's death."

Northumbria Police also posted about the case on its Facebook page, with the post garnering strong reactions, including one person who said they wanted to buy Dinisoae a pint.

Others said vigilante action was expected if crimes went unpunished.

As a result, the force responded with encouragement to show respect to Mr Molloy's grieving family.