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  • 16 August 2014, 4:42

Drug Dealer's Murder Attempt Caught On CCTV

Dramatic footage has been released by police of a drug dealer's first attempt to run over a man he then went on to hit with his car and kill.

Jake Austin was jailed for a minimum of 18 years at Maidstone Crown Court after being found guilty of the murder of John O'Donohue last January.

Mr O'Donohue and a friend met 25-year-old Austin, from Gillingham, Kent, and his associate in the evening.

During the meeting an argument broke out and the four got into a fight, according to Kent Police.

Mr O'Donohue, 33, and his friend tried to walk away when Austin got into his green Ford Mondeo and drove after them.

The CCTV footage captured the moment when Austin drove straight at the pair, in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham.

The police spokesman said: "(They) managed to evade him by running up a grass verge.

"Austin then turned the car around and drove at them again, this time crashing through metal railings and running over Mr O'Donohue, who suffered fatal head injuries as a result.

"His friend was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm."

Austin, who called his mother and asked her to report the Mondeo as stolen, went on the run and was arrested four days later in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Detective inspector Ivan Beasley said: "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."

Mr O'Donohue's family said in a statement: "We as a family know that life will never be the same without John. John's children now have to grow up without their dad.

"When the time is right, however, we will now be able to tell them that justice was finally done."

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