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Dad cleared of running over and killing pedestrian to protect his son

Pic shows Scott Hamshire A driver 'catapulted' a man to his death from his car while trying to protect his son from a drunken assault, the Old Bailey heard. Andrew Huston, 54, was thrown to death from the roof of Scott Hamshire's Vauxhall Astra on 22 April 2017. Hamshire, 39, had patrolled the area outside his home in Rainham, Essex, in a silver Vauxhall Astra after hearing Mr Huston was hurling abuse at local children, it is said. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS

Scott Hamshire went out to protect children from a man who was being drunk and aggressive (Picture: Central News)

A father has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after killing a man who was being abusive to children.

Scott Hamshire, 39, got a call from his son to say that there was a man running around their estate in Rainham, Essex, who was also being threatening.

The man, later identified as Andrew Huston, 54, smelled of alcohol, was staggering and had slurred speech. One witness told him to ‘go home and put the kettle on’.

But when Mr Hamshire arrived and tried to speak to him, Mr Huston punched him in the face through the open window of his Vauxhall Astra.

He then jumped on the bonnet and started punching the windscreen before climbing onto the roof.

Mr Hamshire started driving with Mr Huston still on the roof before hittingthe brakes.

Prosecutor Max Hardy: ‘(Witness) Keith Hinton saw the car come to an abrupt stop and the man on the roof was catapulted off the roof, slammed the bonnet, landed on the road and slid along the road before coming to a stop against the reversing car with some force.’

Mr Huston died as a result of a head injury but Mr Hamshire drove off in a panic.

He was cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday after the jury heard that he did not intend to kill Mr Huston and he only went to the scene to speak to him.

As the jury returned a not guilty verdict, Mr Huston’s family wailed and left the court in tears.

Meanwhile, Mr Hamshire breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at his family as he was told he could leave the dock.

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