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Convicted killer in 90mph police chase spared jail because of his family


Carl Mello, 33, raced through housing estates in his girlfriend’s Ford C-Max days before Christmas last year. When police officers indicated he should stop, Mello did but then “shot away at high speed,” reports Liverpool Echo.  

Mello, who has a manslaughter conviction after once accidentally shooting dead his best friend, overtook vehicles on the wrong side of the road, went through a give-way junction without slowing and caused another driver to swerve out of the way.

He reached 90mph in 30mph zones in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

But a court heard yesterday the dad-of-two was taking medicine to his cancer-suffering mum.

As he cares for his mum, partner, his baby and 10-year-old son, a judge gave Mello a 16-month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work and banned him from the road for 18 months.

Sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court, Recorder Michael Blakey said the thug drove in a “quite dangerous” manner.

Referring to the man’s criminal record, he said: “It could be said that it’s not a very attractive record and I understand the impact that one of those offences, the manslaughter offence, had upon you then and now.

“You also have responsibility – as your counsel has been telling me about – your mother, your partner and of course, your children.

“Why you took off in this way is beyond belief. I don’t know why you did that, you were inevitably going to get caught and inevitably put all these people you have responsibility for in jeopardy.

“Thankfully you did not crash into another motor vehicle, nor did you cause injury to anyone else. Had that been the case, I would have no hesitation but to send you to custody, despite the responsibility you have.

“The major factor is that you have responsibility, and there is no doubt about that.”

The court heard Mello also has convictions for drug dealing, domestic violence attacks, involvement in a bar brawl and stealing from people’s cars and homes.

Stuart Mills, prosecuting, said the defendant “narrowly missed a head-on collision” during the pursuit and, after which, he mounted the pavement at speed and abandoned the car.

The former labourer ignored an officer, who recognised him and shouted his name and for him to stop, before going into an address, believed to be that of his girlfriend’s, and refusing to come out.

The dad surrended when more officers came and was detained.

During interview, he claimed he was unaware he was banned from the road and shouldn’t have been behind the wheel, but he has since admitted he knew of his disqualification.

Mr Mills said: “He said he was driving his partner’s vehicle to get medicine for his mother, he was aware police had indicated to him to stop, and doesn’t know why he didn’t, save for he wanted to get his partner’s vehicle back to her.

“He said he thought the police were exaggerating when they said he was doing 90mph.”

Mello admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

His convictions date back to 2001, when he was a youth and sentenced for taking a vehicle without consent.

Mr Mills said he was convicted of manslaughter and for carrying a loaded shotgun in public in 2004, for which he was locked up for three years.

He shot his “best friend” Daniel Parris, 18, dead by mistake with a stolen shotgun in 2002.

Peter Wilson, defending, said Mello was driving to his mum’s house to take her medicine in December last year.

He said: “The reason he goes to his mother’s so often is not only because of her cancer diagnosis but because he’s not only a carer for his own partner and two children, he assists in caring for his mother who has recently had part of her femur removed, so she is not mobile.”

Mr Wilson added: “His offending history is largely due to him not controlling his impulsivity due to his ADHD and also his cannabis misuse.”

He said a letter from the Stein Centre in Birkenhead showed Mello was trying to address his adult ADHD and that Mello was concerned about his mental health and its impact on his decision making.

He said Mello, of Birkenhead, “does everything in that house”, from cooking, washing and ironing to school runs.


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