Shocking footage shows moment vigalante kills motorcycle thief in car chase

17 December 2020, 13:30

By Matt Drake

Police have released shocking footage of a fatal car chase in which a man who knocked two thieves off a motorbike they had stolen from outside his house, killing one of them.

Mihai Dinisoae was jailed on Wednesday for 10 years for the manslaughter of pillion passenger Joshua Molloy who was thrown from the bike and against a lamp post following a high speed chase through Newcastle.

He was cleared of murdering the 28-year-old following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

After the case, Northumbria Police said Mr Molloy and an associate had stolen Dinisoae's motorcycle from outside his home on Baldwin Avenue, Fenham, and the Romanian national gave chase in his Vauxhall Vectra.

A high-speed pursuit over several miles took place early on the morning of May 5, with CCTV showing Dinisoae driving the wrong way round roundabouts and using his vehicle to repeatedly ram the motorcycle.

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After knocking the thieves off his bike, Dinisoae left them both severely injured in the street
After knocking the thieves off his bike, Dinisoae left them both severely injured in the street. Picture: Northumbria Police

After knocking the thieves off his bike, Dinisoae left them both severely injured in the street.

Emergency services attended the scene but Mr Molloy died at the scene. The 29-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries but survived.

Dinisoae was arrested by police hours after the collision and admitted he had pursued the men but claimed they had lost control and he did not cause the collision.

Last month a jury cleared him of murder and he has since admitted manslaughter.

He had previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to injuries suffered by the rider who survived.

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Emergency services attended the scene but Joshua Molloy (pictured) died at the scene
Emergency services attended the scene but Joshua Molloy (pictured) died at the scene. Picture: Northumbria Police

After the case Detective Inspector Joanne Brooks said the killer should have called the police instead of taking the law into his own hands.

She said: "I have no doubt that Mihai Dinisoae had completely lost control of his emotions and was intent on chasing down his victims.

"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.

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

Dinisoae was also issued with a four-year driving ban that will begin upon his release from prison.

The case drew a strong reaction when Northumbria Police posted about it on its Facebook page, with one person saying he wanted to buy Dinisoae a pint, and others saying vigilante action was inevitable if crimes went unpunished.

The messages prompted the police to respond, urging people to treat Mr Molloy's grieving family with respect.