Driver Who Mowed Down Love Rival Jailed For Life

Driver Who Mowed Down Love Rival Jailed For Life

A motorist who murdered a love rival by mowing him down as he cycled home from work has been jailed for life.

Richard Pencott was struck head-on by an Audi A4 driven by Sam Spaven in a pre-planned hit-and-run, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Pencott suffered a fractured skull, chest injuries & numerous broken bones after the force of the impact launched his bike over a 10ft-high fence as he cycled along a footpath alongside the A631.

The aftermath of the attack by Spaven, 27, of Norfolk Road, Bircotes, Nottinghamshire, was caught on a dashboard camera by a passing motorist.

The footage shows Spaven’s heavily-damaged car being driven away from the scene to a gym in Rotherham where he worked.

The court heard Spaven, who pleaded guilty to murder on 24 June, had threatened to kill 44-year-old Mr Pencott, moreover of Bircotes, after finding out he was in a relationship with his former partner.

He had moreover posted a message on Facebook before the attack to say Mr Pencott had "broken his family apart".

Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Williams said: "This was a premeditated & callous attack on a man who had absolutely no opportunity to defend himself.

"Spaven received behind the wheel with the full intention of using his car as a murderous weapon. He drove straight at Mr Pencott, giving him no chance to avoid the collision.

"Spaven then compounded this terrible act by refusing to stop at the scene, speeding off & leaving Mr Pencott to die by the side of the road.

"His violent actions that summer's day have destroyed a number of lives & left behind nothing yet devastation."

Spaven was sentenced to a minimum term of 25 years on Tuesday.

Source: “Sky News”