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The mechanic kills the vandal by clamping his neck to the ground in a citizen’s arrest for broken windows serving three years imprisonment

MECHANISM kills a 25-year-old young man by clamping his neck to the ground during the arrest of a citizen after he vandalizes a car was jailed for three years.

Benjamin Hunt, 32, chases after Christopher Walters after he smashed the windows of his colleague son’s Audi with a sledgehammer in May 2019.


Christopher Walters, 25, died while being captured by 32-year-old mechanic Benjamin Hunt.

After catching up with Walters, he grabbed his neck and pressed him to the ground, using his body weight to trap him for a few minutes – even when Walters lost consciousness.

Hunt, from Longton, was jailed for 38 months at Stafford Crown Court after he admitted to manslaughter.

His co-worker, Johnathon Hassall – who was also involved in the case – ended his own life a few days before he was brought to court on manslaughter.

The two worked together at Hassall’s business, the New Street Garage, the courthouse.

Two men were working in the garage on May 15, 2019 when Walters ran to the facility and used a sledgehammer to smash the window of Hassall’s son Hassall.

They chased after Walters and managed to restrain him nearby and keep him in a citizen arrest while waiting for the police to arrive.

“Mr. Hunt then hugged Mr. Walters by the neck. Mr. Hassall kept him in his lower body,” Prosecutor Robert Price explained. “Mr. Walters, in the early stages, resisted and shouted out unusual comments.

“Mr. Hunt did not release him at the time because he was afraid of what Mr. Walters might do to him or the people around him. There was a time when Mr. Walters stopped resisting. Mr. Hunt thought he was sleeping or sleeping.” fainting.

“When Mr. Walters stopped fighting and when he was clearly unconscious, Mr. Hunt should have let go of his arm around Mr. Walters’s neck. He did not.

Walters crashed his late son Johnathon Hassall's Audi with a sledgehammer at the New Street Garage


Walters crashed his late son Johnathon Hassall’s Audi with a sledgehammer at the New Street GarageCredit: BPM
Walters' mother, Dawn Price, used Hunt as a joke


Walters’ mother, Dawn Price, played Hunt as a jokeCredit: BPM

“His actions at the time, he admitted, were outrageous and illegal.”

The staff arrived 19 minutes later to find Hunt still in the Walters then did not respond.

An autopsy concluded Walters died from a pressure on his neck, after finding signs of hypoxia in the brain and significant bruising in the neck.

The 25-year-old left his home he shared with his mother, 58-year-old Dawn Price, earlier that day to meet friends.

They then told police he seemed “stressed and uncomfortable” – but the motives for his destructive behavior were still unclear.

His mother, Dawn, from Bentilee, said that Hunt’s quote was “a joke”.

“I’m not happy at all; it’s disgusting. It’s a big joke. It’s embarrassing and shocking. I don’t think the verdict is long enough.

“We heard in court that Hunt kept my son’s neck, it was not a citizen arrest,” she continued.

‘They said in court that my son was limp and lifeless and his defense was that he thought my son was asleep.

“He wouldn’t think I would have a kip while he was being cradled on the floor. It was just a big joke.

“I’m living on a life sentence after losing Chris. I’m angry and heartbroken. That court is a mockery,” she said, adding that she “doesn’t feel like she has justice for that. die of Chris. “



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