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‘Career criminal’ jailed after causing fatal car crash

VICTIM: Roberto Da Silva

FOLLOWING A fatal car crash in February where a grandfather of eight was hit by a stolen car, a man from west London has been sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

At the Old Bailey on November 13, 39-year-old ‘career criminal’ Felix Fletcher from Hayes was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving of retired mechanical engineer Roberto Da Silva, 70 and one count of burglary.

Born in Cape Verde, the cause of death of Hayes native Da Silva was determined as severe trauma to the spine. He died at the scene.

Police were contacted on February 7 by a man after he noticed his Volkswagen Golf was being driven away.

The man subsequently discovered the car keys had been taken during a burglary at his home.


FLAGRANT DISREGARD: Felix Fletcher

Police spotted the stolen vehicle but soon ended the pursuit at that point as a matter of procedure following a minor collision.

Minutes later the ambulance service informed police of a collision at Moray Avenue, at the junction with Compton Road as the Golf had been in collision with a parked Vauxhall Frontera and its driver, Da Silva, as he was getting out of his parked vehicle.

Forensic and surveillance evidence linked Fletcher to the series of events. He was arrested on March 7 and charged on March 9.

“Felix Fletcher is by his own admissions a career criminal. He lied throughout the investigation to hide his guilt and throughout the subsequent trial; he never showed any signs of remorse,” said Detective Inspector Keely Smith of Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

“His flagrant disregard for the law led to the untimely death of Mr Da Silva.

“The incident has left Roberto's family devastated, I am happy that justice has been done for them and that they may now seek some closure.”

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