Drug dealer who drove over a man in Gillingham jailed

A drug dealer who deliberately drove over a man in Gillingham has been jailed for murder. Jake Austin, 25, was imprisoned by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court on 15 August.

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Jake Austin was 'calculating' and 'deliberate'

Jake Autin's car following the hit and run in Gillingham Credit: Kent Police

"Austin murdered Mr O'Donohue with absolute deliberate actions. He was calculating as he drove at speed towards him, not slowing down even when he made contact with his victim and crashed through railings and wall.

Following the collision, Austin fled, concocting a plan to distance himself from the car and the incident in general. He manipulated his mother into reporting the vehicle as stolen and claimed to have no knowledge of what happened when we caught up with him in Swindon.

Austin's original story of not being involved was shown to be a lie. He then changed his account saying it had been an accident but he fooled no-one, including the jury. His actions were deliberate and he's rightly been convicted of murder."

– Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
Austin fled the scene after the accident Credit: Kent Police

Jail for drug dealer who deliberately drove over a man

Jake Austin was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years Credit: Kent Police

A drug dealer who deliberately drove over a man in Gillingham has been jailed for murder.

Jake Austin, 25, was imprisoned by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court on 15 August after he was found guilty the previous day of murdering John O'Donohue following an altercation in Castlemaine Avenue on 23 January.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years to be served.

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