Drunk ex-soldier who mowed down and killed cancer nurse, 50, in hit-and-run is jailed for nine years

A DRUNK ex-solider with PTSD who mowed down and killed a cancer nurse has today been jailed for nine years.

Craig Mossop, 51, ran over Susan Jackson, 50, after his Land Rover which had no brakes mounted a pavement at 52mph and hit the mum-of-two.

Mossop's uninsured 4x4ploughed into Mrs Jackson she was walked to a gym to meet her husband in Bolton, Lancashire.

Her heartbroken daughters branded ex-squaddie Mossop a "monster" and demanded he "take responsibility for the plague inside his head".

Emma and Sophie Jackson said hit-and-run driver Mossop's mental health issues were "no excuse to take to the bottle and run somebody over."

He had caused three other near misses during his drunken six-mile journey, later citing flashbacks he suffered after serving with the Army in Northern Ireland.


At Bolton Crown Court, Mossop admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving and having no licence or insurance.

Sentencing, Judge Martin Walsh blasted veteran Mossop's "prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving of an unroadworthy vehicle", which had "catastrophic" consequences.

Judge Walsh said: "You had little on no regard for the welfare of others and the decision to drive showed a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road.

''A life was lost and another damaged and there are other victims too. The anguish and deep sense of loss felt by the family of Susan Jackson was movingly articulated in statements to the court.

''Her family and friends have been left to pick up the pieces and they must come to terms with the pain and enduring loss which is a direct consequence of your actions."

Take responsibility for the plague inside your head

Earlier, the court heard Mrs Jackson was waiting to cross the road when she was hit and died on August 23. 

Mossop failed to stop and ran a red light before smashing into another person. 

He later claimed he was traumatised by flashbacks from his days in the military.

Emma, 22, a York University student, told Mossop: "You say you are going through a tremendous amount of pain but that is no excuse to take to the bottle and run somebody over.

"Take responsibility for the plague inside your head."

Sophie, 21, who studies at London's Brunel University, added: "A monster came into our lives and left my mum in the road dead. 

"This monster didn't stop and didn't get any help for my mum – this monster is you.

"You are a danger to society and shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets."

Susan was a specialist nurse at the University Hospital of South Manchester, and had arranged to meet her husband Graham Lockett for a swim.

The court heard the 18-year-old Land Rover that Mossop was driving had faulty brakes – and hit Susan with such force she was flung 30 metres across the road and hit a wall.

Mossop also recorded a breath test of 51mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath at the police station three hours after the crash – above the legal limit of 35mcg.

Police collision experts calculate thevehicle was doing at least 52.8mph as it hurtled towards Susan.

Mossop, of Hartington Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving and having no licence or insurance.

Susan’s husband Graham, who was waiting inside the club, only learned of the tragedy outside after he rang his wife’s mobile phone and it was answered by a police officer. 

Mossop, appearing via video link from prison, sat with a mask on and head bowed as her husband told him how he had felt guilty about not being with his wife as she died.

In a moving impact statement, he stressed to Mossop: “I have reached the point that I am not going to feel guilty any longer. 

“I have decided that you should be burdened with this guilt alone.”

After killing Susan, Mossop did not slow or stop and careered through a red light before smashing into another pedestrian John Devaney – who spent three days in intensive care with a broken spine and punctured lung.

Colin Buckle, prosecuting, said the vehicle, which Mossop shared with his partner Karen Marsh, had no MOT and he was not insured to drive it.

Mr Buckle told the court: "Mercifully the pathologist concludes Mrs Jackson wouldn't have known anything about the impact."

Mitigating, Mark Friend told the court that Mossop had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving two tours of duty in Northern Ireland. 

He had left the Army after witnessing a friend being killed – but struggled with drink and drugs. 

Mossop has 17 previous convictions for 37 offences including for drink driving, driving whilst banned and other motoring offences, the court heard.

Heartbroken husband Graham told the court that he had met Susan ten years ago, several years after Susan’s first husband took his own life.

He added that their marriage had been “the happiest years of my life".

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