Jealous thug used car as ‘lethal weapon’ to injure ex-girlfriend and kill her stepdad

A jealous thug who killed his ex-girlfriend’s stepdad after deliberately crashing into the back of his car has been jailed for life.

Samuel Rogers drove into the back of Paul Maloney’s car on September 1, 2015 after drinking alcohol, leaving him paralysed in both his arms and legs.

The 52-year-old victim died 14 months later of sepsis and pneumonia, which he caught as a result of his injuries.

Rogers, also aged 52, who was convicted by a jury following a murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court, will remain in prison for 22 years before he can be considered for release.

The court heard that the defendant and Mr Maloney’s stepdaughter, Helen Edwards, lived together on and off for a number of years.

They had a volatile relationship, with Miss Edwards previously voicing her concerns about how much Rogers drank.

The thug had told Miss Edwards he still had feelings for her but she told him she did not feel the same, Birmingham Live reports.

Prosecution lawyer Rachel Brand QC said: “The defendant had worked himself up and that he was clearly jealous and angry about her seeing another man.”

On September 1, 2015, Rogers from Walsall, sent a threatening text message to Miss Edwards which caused her to go to her sister’s house in convoy with her parents.

Rogers, who had been drinking, had been “hanging around” on a nearby street and followed them in his Vauxhall Astra, at one point deliberately shunting his ex-partner’s car.

As a result, Miss Edwards and her parents pulled over before performing two U-turns before slamming into the victim’s Ford C Max at around 38mph, which in turn careered into Miss Edwards’s Vauxhall Corsa.

Mr Maloney, who was just 52, had been standing outside the vehicle at the driver’s side. He was thrown into the air, travelling more than 65ft.

He suffered catastrophic injuries and spent the rest of his life either in hospital or a care home and died in November 2016, with the immediate cause of death being sepsis and pneumonia.

Mr Maloney’s wife, Jacqueline – who suffers from multiple sclerosis and was also seriously injured during the crash – says that her husband had suffered injuries so significant she did not recognise him.

She said: “The pain of seeing him suffering was unbearable. We loved each other totally. He was my best friend.

“Paul was the best thing that ever happened to me and I will continue to hold precious memories until we see each other again.”

Miss Edwards added: “I relive that day almost daily. The grief happens over and over again. I wish I had never brought Sam into my life. Paul always put other people before himself. He had so much love left to give.”

During mitigation, defence lawyer Peter Griffiths QC said: “What the defendant has had is truly incalculable consequences. He held no grudge against Paul Maloney and there was no pursuit.

“It was an instantaneous decision. A moment of madness. He was not a well man at the time, suffering from a depressive illness and was threatening to take his own life.”

Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Furbey told Rogers: “You deliberately drove at speed. You were upset and angry because Miss Edwards did not reciprocate your feelings towards her.

“You had told Miss Edwards before the convoy left that you wanted her dead and you deliberately looked behind after shunting her vehicle but I am not sure you intended to kill.

“You used your car as a lethal weapon. You had consumed alcohol, nearly twice the legal limit, which was all the more serious because of your previous conviction.

“I am sure that you knew that Jacqueline Maloney was in the C Max and yet you did not care. You knew she was wheelchair-bound because of MS but you did not care about harming the person who was caring for her.

“Three generations of the same family were caught up and affected by your actions. You inflicted mental and physical suffering on Mr Maloney. He had done no harm to you.”