Jail for petrol thief who killed his friend, dragged under his car

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been convicted of the manslaughter of a friend who got caught under his car when they tried to steal petrol from a Hartcliffe petrol station.

Kyle Clarke, 27, was dragged several hundred yards under the car from the petrol station on Hengrove Way on January 10. 

Driver Shakrul Islam, from Chipping Sodbury, was jailed for seven years at Bristol Crown Court on July 7.

Det Supt Sarah Davenport said an attendant at the petrol station had seen Kyle trying to steal petrol. This prompted Islam to drive off, hitting Kyle, she said. 

When Islam finally stopped in Creswicke Road, Knowle West, Kyle had already suffered fatal injuries, she said.

Two bus drivers were the first to see Kyle trapped under the car. 

They tried to lift the car but could not shift it until more help arrived from police, fire and ambulance staff. But it was too late for Kyle, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Kyle’s mother, Helen Stockford, of Southmead, now has to cope with the tragedy of her son’s death after he earlier saved her life.

Kyle arrived home in March 2009 and shook the hand of family friend, Mark Shirley, who was leaving the house.

Only when Kyle got indoors did he find that Shirley – who was a convicted murderer – had raped his mother and appeared to be about to kill her.

Helen Stockford waived her right to anonymity to campaign for more attention to be given to the victims of sex crimes.


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