Drug dealer jailed for killing pensioner with car after fleeing crash
Dario Carboni pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of former paratrooper Kenneth Kiley in Swindon.
A drug dealer who killed an Army veteran by running him over with his car moments after the pair were involved in a crash has been jailed for nine years.
Dario Carboni, 25, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of former paratrooper Kenneth Kiley after the 75-year-old followed him on foot to take down his insurance details.
Carboni had been on trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of murder but after 10 days of evidence pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Carboni failed to stop and drove away into a cul-de-sac while Mr Kiley got out on foot with a pen and paper, telling his wife he intended to find the driver and take their details.
Minutes later, at around 8.48pm, Mr Kiley was fatally injured by the Corsa.
Neighbours described hearing a man shouting, followed by “screeching tyres” and then a “loud thud”, before seeing Mr Kiley lying in the road.
They described finding a pen and a folded receipt from Marks & Spencer on the ground by Mr Kiley.
Witnesses ran to help the pensioner and he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with injuries including a skull fracture, but died the following day.
Mr Kiley with his wife Marion (Wiltshire Police/PA)
The Corsa was abandoned in a nearby street where Carboni and friend Patrick Cunnington were seen getting out and running away, having been in Swindon selling cannabis as a part of a “county lines” operation.
Stephen Kamlish QC, defending, said Carboni “panicked” after the initial collision and wanted to get away because he was banned from driving.
He read to the court a letter Carboni wrote to the family of Mr Kiley apologising for his actions.
“Every day I think about what happened that day and the devastating consequences of my actions for the family of Mr Kiley he has left behind,” he wrote.
“I am shocked and ashamed by what happened but not stopping to help Mr Kiley I am truly sorry for.
“I want to say how sorry I am for causing so much pain to Mr Kiley’s family.”
Judge William Hart formally directed not guilty verdicts on charges of murder and causing death by dangerous driving.
Passing sentence, the judge said of the former University of Hertfordshire student: “You were very keen to get away from the collision, whether or not you were responsible for that collision.
“The reason for that was that you and Patrick Cunnington had been dealing cannabis in a county lines drugs operation.
“Mr Kiley had done what any honest, decent person would have done in the circumstances which was to get out and try and exchange details.
“He was the sort of man who would have done that regardless of who was at fault for the first collision.
“You didn’t try to stop or swerve around him and that was down to your choice to drive the way you did.
“You took the obvious risk that a collision was going to happen and you were reckless as to whether harm was to be caused.
“What makes the loss of Mr Kiley so poignant was that it was so needless.
“Despite your background and despite all the opportunities you were getting in your life, you allowed yourself to stray from an honest world into the seedy drugs world.”
Carboni, from Tottenham, north London, had already pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and was banned from driving for eight and a half years and ordered to take an extended driving test.
Mr Kiley, who had been married for 48 years, served with the Parachute Regiment, the Intelligence Corps and later the Army reserves.
In a statement, his family, including widow Marion and sons Adam and Matthew, said: “Almost a year after Ken’s death, his loss still leaves an enormous hole in the lives of our family and friends.
“Ken’s death has devastated his wife, family and friends and has left an enormous hole in all our lives, which we are still coming to terms with, both in practical and emotional terms.
“Our mother, now in her late 70s and coping with Parkinson disease, has spent the last six months trying to rebuild her life without Ken.
“We feel this sentence is deserved and justified. Our family and especially our husband and father deserved justice and this sentence has gone some way to achieve this.”
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