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Man charged with murder of former Royal Navy officer

Mike Samwell, 35, died after he was hit by his own car. Credit: GMP

A 29-year-old man has been charged with the murder of former Royal Navy officer Mike Samwell in south Manchester.

Ryan Gibbons, from Chorlton, has been charged with murder, burglary and aggravated taking without consent.

He will appear at Manchester Magistrates court on Saturday.

Mike Samwell died after he was hit by his own car as he tried to stop thieves from stealing it in the early hours of Sunday morning, April 23.

A 15-year-old boy and two men, aged 20 and 21, who were arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary have been released on bail.

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Family of former Naval officer killed when thieves tried to steal his car pay tribute to him

Mike Samwell. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The family of Mike Samwell, the former Naval officer killed during a car robbery in Manchester at the weekend, say his death has left "a huge hole in our lives that can never be filled."

In a statement issued by the family, they said they wanted to remember him as he was and 'not dwell on the senseless crime' which caused his death.

Mr Samwell had confronted intruders after the break-in as he slept, with his accountant wife, Jessica, at their home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.

He had heard a loud bang and gone downstairs and outside to the parking space at the back of the house.

He was then run down by thieves who had stolen his Audi S3 sports car.

His distraught wife screamed for help as neighbours dashed to the scene and called for an ambulance. Mr Samwell died just over an hour later in hospital.

Greater Manchester Police are treating the death of the 35-year-old, who served 12 years in the Royal Navy, as murder and a manhunt continues.

A 21-year-old who was questioned by detectives was bailed pending further inquiries.

  • Read the full tribute below:

“Mike's death has made a huge hole in our lives that can never be filled.

“Mike was the most wonderful husband, brother and son. He would do anything for anyone and was an ever dependable and generous family member and friend to so many. He was always smiling and sharing his amazing sense of humour. We are so proud of all that Mike was and had achieved.

“Mike was devoted to his family above anything. His wife, Jess, was his one great love above all things. He was a loyal and treasured friend. We are so grateful to have had him in our lives; he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. “We have been blessed by the amount of support, condolences and prayers from those who loved him. We have been deeply touched by the kindness of strangers, especially the emergency services, hospital staff and police who did everything they could for him and continue to support us in our grief.

“This is an awful tragedy, but we all want to remember Mike as the special, kind and exceptionally talented man he was and not dwell on a senseless crime which has left us all so bereft. While his light may have been extinguished, so cruelly and far too early, the light he shone will continue to travel with us always.

“We hope and pray that other families will not suffer a loss like ours; if you have any information that could help the police in their investigations, please come forward with this.”

– The family of Mike Samwell

Man bailed in Mike Samwell murder investigation

A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a former Royal Navy officer has been released on bail.

Mike Samwell, 35, died after he was hit by his own car as it was stolen by burglars in Chorlton. He was taken to hospital for treatment but died a short time later.

Mike Samwell Credit: Family handout

Detectives say want to speak to anyone who saw a blue, five-door BMW 1 Series in the area. They believe it was used by those involved after the incident.

  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908 alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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