Murder arrest after exRoyal Navy officer run down by his own car

first_imgMurder squad detectives have arrested a 21-year-old man after an ex-Royal Navy officer was run over by his own car by burglars, as a neighbour said the victim’s wife screamed his name and called for help as he lay dying in the street.Mike Samwell, 35, confronted intruders who broke into his home as he slept upstairs with his wife, Jessica, at about 3am on Sunday.He was found badly injured in a parking area at the rear of the house in the Chorlton-cum-Hardy area of south Manchester and died little more than an hour later in hospital after being run over by his black Audi S3.Reports on Monday said his wife, an accountant, had witnessed the incident in which her husband was killed. Mike Samwell wedding A neighbour, who lives in the basement flat next door, said he was woken at about 3am on Sunday morning after hearing the Audi hit railings, then got up to investigate.He said: “Then I heard his wife screaming. She was screaming for help and his name, I was still kind of half asleep, which is what woke me up.” Officers were were called to the address in the early hours of SundayCredit:MEN MEDIA Mr Samwell trained as a naval officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon and spent around a decade in the senior service before leaving in 2014.His wife and family have been left “devastated” by his death, police said.Her husband graduated from the University of Leeds before working in a number of roles for the Royal Navy, including on board a nuclear attack submarine as a weapons officer, according to his LinkedIn page.Since leaving the forces he had worked as a programme manager for engineering firm Atkins in Warrington, Cheshire.An Atkins spokesman said: “This is a tragic event and our thoughts go out to Mike’s family, friends and colleagues. We will support the family in any way we can.” Mike Samwell His distraught wife screamed for help as neighbours dashed to the scene and called for an ambulance. Mr Samwell died just over an hour later in hospital.center_img Officers were were called to an address  Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on Monday said they had arrested a suspect on suspicion of murder.Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick from GMP’s Serious Crime Division said: “We have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with Mike Samwell’s senseless murder.”Our investigation is still in its early stages and we are still appealing for the public to help us. My thoughts continue to be with Mike’s family and friends at this devastating time.”Mr Samwell had gone downstairs to investigate after being woken by a loud bang. He went to the back of the property where loud shouting was heard and his body was found after being apparently hit by the car as it sped away.The Audi sports coupe was found badly damaged and abandoned three miles away in Whitby Avenue in the Ladybarn area of the city. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mike Samwell confronted intruders who broke into his home Mike Samwell and his wife, Jessica, on their wedding daylast_img read more

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