Croydon man behind bars after killing police officer in hit-and-run


Gary Bromige was uninsured and unlicensed when he hit PC Andrew Duncan last year.


By SWLondoner staff

A Croydon man has been jailed for eight and a half years after he fatally injured a police officer who attempted to stop his car.

Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured and causing death whilst unlicensed. He also plead guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.

PC Andrew Duncan,47, was checking vehicle speeds in Sutton on Friday September 20 when he was hit by Bromige, who was driving at a maximum of between 80-88mph.

He was thrown 30 metres and left critically injured. He died in hospital from multiple injuries two days later.

The car drove off towards Rosehill and was found abandoned nearby. Bromige was arrested after handing himself into Wandsworth Police station.

Andy, who joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1990, was married with two children, a son and a daughter.

In an impact statement read to the court, PC Duncan’s wife, Claire, said: Since September our lives have changed completely. We are devastated – I have lost my husband and our children have lost their father. They are struggling with this every day.

“My daughter has said that she is so upset that her dad had so much more to teach her. My son has said that he no longer wants to learn to drive. Not having their dad around will affect them forever.

“Andrew’s parents are without their son and are finding life difficult. His sister has lost her only brother. Our future plans as a couple will not take place as we wished. Our plans for our house, travelling and retirement are now things that I will face alone. He was my world – we are truly devastated.

A full service funeral was held for PC Duncan at St Mary’s Church in East Moseley. Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Teresa May were in attendance.

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said: On the night of September 20, 2013, Bromige who was not legally permitted to drive, was doing so dangerously, recklessly and his actions led to the tragic death of PC Andy Duncan.

He callously failed to stop leaving a critically injured officer at the scene. Andy was a wholly dedicated officer who devoted over two decades to keeping others safe and it is always devastating when an officer looses their life in the line of duty.

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