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Wife of man run down by his own car 'screamed his name' as he lay dying

The wife of an ex-Royal Navy officer screamed his name and desperately called for help as he lay dying in the street after being run over by car thieves, a neighbour said.

Mike Samwell, 35, had confronted intruders after the break-in as he slept, with his accountant wife, Jessica, at their £500,000 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.

His neighbour, who lives in the basement flat next door, said he was woken at about 3am on Sunday morning after hearing the Audi hit railings, then got up to investigate.

He said: "Then I heard his wife screaming. She was screaming for help and his name, which was ... I was still kind of half asleep, which is what woke me up."

The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: "By the time I got out there, there were other neighbours out there.

"There was people already attending, I came to the end of the drive to wait to wave the ambulance in.

"I think one of the neighbours was an off-duty policewoman so she took charge of the situation and I didn't really see him, he was groaning, his wife was obviously distraught.

"They took him away in the ambulance, it turned up pretty quickly.

"I didn't know him, I heard it all unfold and saw him taken away in the ambulance. I knew it was serious but it wasn't until midday yesterday that I found out the worst.

"Up until that point I just assumed he had suffered some serious injuries but he would be home soon.

"But then when you hear that, it suddenly changes the situation. Obviously it's become a murder then, it's not just theft."

The neighbour added: "You never really hear of murders around here. There is a very high burglary rate around here.

"The postcode around here has quite a high insurance premium, because of theft."

Earlier on Monday police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The Audi car was recovered by police badly damaged and abandoned three miles away in Whitby Avenue in the Ladybarn area of the city.

Mr Samwell trained as a naval officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon and spent around a decade in the senior service before leaving in 2014.

He had graduated from the University of Leeds before working in a number of roles for the Royal Navy, including on board a nuclear attack submarine as a weapons officer, according to his LinkedIn page.

Since leaving the forces he had worked as a programme manager for engineering firm Atkins in Warrington, Cheshire.

An Atkins spokesman said: "This is a tragic event and our thoughts go out to Mike's family, friends and colleagues. We will support the family in any way we can."

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "We have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with Mike Samwell's senseless murder.

"Our investigation is still in its early stages and we are still appealing for the public to help us.

"My thoughts continue to be with Mike's family and friends at this devastating time."

A number of floral tributes have been placed at the end of the street, cordoned off by police tape, as officers continue investigating the crime scene.

Adding his own flowers to floral tributes being placed at the police cordon was Mike Taylor, who works at the local barbershop where Mr Samwell was a customer.

Mr Taylor said: "I only saw him last week. I'm gutted actually. Such a nice bloke, really, really nice bloke. You hear this said a lot about people, but he was such a gent.

"He spent a lot of time in the Navy and he used to tell me some really funny stories every time I saw him. I'm gutted. Gutted.

"Lovely bloke, really, really friendly. We had some really interesting chats.

"This guy was a really nice guy, I can't think of anything as shocking as this to happen to someone like that."

Police today made a further appeal for information and said they are hunting other suspects.

They asked for information about a blue 5-door BMW 1 Series seen in the area, which it is believed was used by the offenders after the incident.

Anyone who believes they may have caught footage of the car on CCTV or dashcams is asked to send it to police via a dropbox link,


From Belfast Telegraph