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Justice for family of hit-and-run victim.

Byline: LAURA HARTLEY News Reporter laura.hartley@trinitymirror.com

THE family of a man who was mown down in a hit-and-run finally have justice after the driver was jailed.

Christopher Masterson suffered such severe head injuries in the collision that he died later that day in hospital.

The 56-year-old was hit by a Renault Clio being driven the wrong way along Dame Agnes Grove, Bell Green, in January last year.

It was being driven by Daniel Stewart, of Beacon Road, Holbrooks.

Using CCTV, officers tracked down the owner of the car to Stewart's girlfriend Sophie John.

But intent on helping her boyfriend to cover his crime, she had disposed of the car by having it scrapped just two days later.

John, 29, of Miles Meadow, Bell Green, denied having any knowledge of the crash but after her phone was examined it proved that she had arranged the sale.

On Friday, Stewart pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice and was jailed for four years.

He was also disqualified from driving and will be required to sit an extended retest before being able to get behind the wheel again.

John initially denied her involvement but later changed her plea and was jailed for 19 months for perverting the course of justice.

Following the hearing, Mr Masterson's family released a statement, saying: "After 15 long months there is finally justice for our youngest brother Chris.

"Daniel Stewart's plea of guilty from the outset demonstrated that he has taken full responsibility for his actions on January 30, 2016.

"Conversely Sophie John has consistently attempted to dodge accountability for her role in the aftermath of Chris's death until the eleventh hour.

"In doing so, she has prolonged our family's agony, especially for our elderly mother who lost her son and, as a direct result, had to move from her home of sixty years.

"Sophie John has shown us not one iota of compassion throughout this process, until today in court.

"It is hoped that she will one day regret her actions and the heartache she has caused us.

"There are no words to express our gratitude to the police and our family liaison officers for the tremendous support they have given us throughout this difficult time."

Sgt Alan Wood said: "We hope the sentence will offer some comfort to the family as they continue to grieve for their loved one and come to terms with their loss.

"Even though John was not in the car at the time of the collision she colluded with Stewart to cover his crime.

"They should have done the right thing and come forward.

"They have now lost their liberty, but our thoughts remain firmly with Mr Masterson's family who have lost a beloved son and brother."

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Christopher Masterson (right) died after being knocked down by Daniel Stewart (below), who was jailed for four years on Friday

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