Angry driver who used car as weapon to chase and kill boy jailed for 11 years

Paul Biggs, 26, was jailed for 11 years while passenger Dale Sharpen faces nine years in prison following the death of teenager Liam Mooney in Birmingham last year

An aggressive driver who used his car as a ‘weapon’ to kill a teenager has been jailed for 11 years.

Paul Biggs chased 16-year-old Liam Mooney at speed and crashed into his moped following a road rage incident on March 22 last year.

He then sped off leaving him lying in the road with “catastrophic” injuries, reports BirminghamLive.

The 26-year-old, of Brentwood, Essex, previously admitted the manslaughter and assault. He was also banned from driving for 12-and-a-half years.

Dale Sharpen, 31, of Woodford Green, north-east London, a passenger in the car, was also jailed for nine years.

The teen had been out with three friends riding their mopeds before the attack last year.

In passing sentence Judge Francis Laird QC told the pair: “At the time of his death Liam Mooney was 16. He had all of his life ahead of him.

“I have read a moving statement about the devastating loss of his death.

“You, Biggs, deliberately drove your car into the motorcycle. It crashed into a parked car.

“Liam Mooney suffered catastrophic injuries.

“He suffered a cardiac arrest at the roadside and all efforts to save him failed.”

The first moped successfully negotiated a roundabout but the second, on which the teenager was the passenger, was forced to brake and swerve to avoid hitting the Volvo being driven by Biggs.

Mr Mooney kicked out at the car but was chased by Biggs along Rocky Lane with Sharpen encouraging him and shouting abuse out of the window, the court heard.

Adrian Keeling QC, prosecuting, said one moped driver tried to escape by driving up the curb but the Volvo then struck the bike.

The 16-year-old suffered injuries including a fracture to the skull and to the spine.

Biggs then sped away from the scene, returning to London with Sharpen.

The judge added: “That car was used as a weapon. That was done in the course of a car chase in which both your car and the motorcycle were travelling at considerable speed.

“You drove the car in an aggressive manner.

“Sharpen, by your actions you were encouraging Biggs to drive in an aggressive manner.”