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Man charged with murder of ex-Navy officer run over with own car

Ryan Gibbons is charged with murder, burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an ex-Royal Navy officer who is believed to have been hit by his own car.

Mike Samwell, 35, from Chorlton, Manchester, died in the early hours of Sunday April 23.

Ryan Gibbons, 29, of Steven Court, Egerton Road South, Chorlton, spoke to confirm his personal details as he appeared before Manchester Magistrates’ Court. He is charged with murder, burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

Gibbons was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

Police were called to an address on Cranbourne Road at around 3am on Sunday to reports that Mr Samwell had been hit by his own car as he tried to stop thieves from stealing it.

Mr Samwell, who served 12 years in the Royal Navy, was taken to hospital for treatment but died a short time later.

A 15-year-old boy from south Manchester previously arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Two men aged 20 and 21 who were arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary have also been bailed pending further inquiries.

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