Nov 13 2012 By Jack Griffith
A BURGLAR who killed a grandfather in a hit-and-run after evading police in a high-speed chase has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.
Felix Fletcher, 39, drove into 70-year-old Roberto Da Silva (pictured above) as he unloaded groceries outside his home in Moray Avenue, Hayes.
Fletcher had burgled a home in Clement Gardens, Hayes, and stolen the keys to a Volkswagen Golf just before 7pm on February 7 this year.
The homeowner reported the theft after seeing his car on the road. A police car on patrol spotted it on Dawley Road, and turned on their sirens.
The Golf sped away, and police were forced to abandon the chase after crashing into a parked Vauxhall Zafira in Botwell Lane.
The fatal collision occurred just moments later, as Mr Da Silva, who had eight grandchildren, was getting out of his Vauxhall Frontera. Fletcher then climbed out of a front window and left the scene.
Mr Da Silva, a retired mechanical engineer originally of Cape Verde off the west coast of Africa, died from spinal injuries.
During the trial, Fletcher, (pictured right) of Portland Road, Hayes, denied being behind the wheel of the stolen car, but at the Old Bailey today (Tuesday), a jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, for which he was jailed for 11 years.
He was sentenced to a further 18 months for burglary, and a 12-month term for theft will run concurrently.