This is the shocking moment a raging thug screamed ‘I am Jesus!’ moments before ploughing his stolen car into a bus stop, killing a retired magistrate.
Gavin Collins, 39, had been out of prison for just days before going on a 30-minute crime spree in which he broke into three cars, one of which he crashed into 87-year-old grandfather Terry Radford.
He also raided three properties, smashed into two houses and repeatedly rammed a police car as he tried to escape during half an hour of chaos in Nottinghamshire, which saw him jailed for life yesterday.
Shocking dashcam footage from during the spree shows him driving erratically and screaming ‘Let’s go! Let’s go! I’m enraged. I’m Jesus. I’m the descendant of God.’
Gavin Collins, pictured left, was jailed for life after ploughing into a bus stop and killing Terry Radford, 87, pictured right
As Collins speeds down the road, he shouts: ‘Watch me go! I’m getting stronger and stronger by the second’ before crashing into a house moments later.
Nottingham Crown Court was told how Collins burst into a man’s house in Tibshelf, Derbyshire on April 19 last year and grabbed his car keys.
After losing control of the vehicle, he smashed into a house on Mansfield Road in Skegby, Notts.
He then carjacked a woman who was driving on the A38 by opening her car door and forcing her out onto the road.
Minutes later Collins got out of the car, after colliding with some barriers, and approached a house on foot.
He banged on the window shouting to be let in before picking up a slab from the garden and throwing it at the patio doors which shattered.
After breaking into a car, Collins rips out off the rear view mirror while careering past others on the road
The thug smashed into two houses in stolen cars during his 30-minute crime spree
Collins was screaming ‘I am Jesus’ as he was driving frantically and overtaking other vehicles
Collins barged inside and threatened the homeowners before leaving with the keys to their car.
He then went to a neighbouring property where he demanded the resident remove an electronic tag from his ankle.
Collins drove off in their Seat Leon for about 20 yards before he reversed at speed, mounted the pavement and hit Mr Radford who was waiting at a bus stop.
The grandfather and retired magistrate suffered horrific injuries and died at the scene.
Collins then sped off again but was cornered by police in the cul-de-sac.
Additional footage shows the killer repeatedly ramming the police car and reversing into a wall before driving away.
Moments later he was surrounded by officers with tasers after smashing into a tree and becoming trapped in the car.
Yesterday, Collins was jailed for life, with a minimum of 14 years to serve, after he was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
Collins repeatedly rammed a police car during a chase and reversed into a wall before driving away
Police finally cornered him in a cul-de-sac and pointed tasers as he was pulled out of the car
He was also found guilty of two counts of aggravated vehicle taking, two counts of burglary and one count of attempted robbery in connection with a series of incidents in Mansfield and Ashfield.
Mr Radford’s grieving family said in a statement: ‘We’re absolutely devastated at the loss of the most wonderful dad and grandad who was loved and respected by everyone.
‘He was the hub of our family. He was 87 but remained intelligent, articulate and funny.
‘He was great company to be with and was as sharp as a pin.
‘He was extremely fit and most people took him for a healthy 70-year-old.
‘Having looked after mum who had extreme dementia, and who we lost last September, he was finally getting his life back.
‘He had three holidays planned for 2019 including to the USA and a European river cruise.
‘Now he won’t get to live out those dreams and his family and wide circle of friends won’t get to share more great times with him.’
Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘This is a tragic set of circumstances that has obviously had a devastating and profound impact on Mr Radford’s family and friends.
‘Our thoughts continue to be with them at this extremely difficult time as well as with those people affected by Collins’ actions that day.’