Victim of burglary at family home in Epping says charges should not have been dropped

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Daniel Mankelow and wife Loraine Daniel Mankelow and wife Loraine

A have-a-go hero who was hit by a getaway car after he confronted burglars in his home has called for a change in the law after no one was prosecuted over causing his injuries.

After hearing noises in his home in Beaconsfield Road, Epping, Dan Mankelow, 34, confronted two intruders in the kitchen and chased them out.

He was then hit by a car and left for dead, but discovered by wife and two daughters and taken to hospital.

He spent six weeks in hospital being treated for a broken tibular and fibular in his right leg, which required screws and and metal rod inserted in his leg.

In May 2012, Hayley Balkwill, 23, of Elmcroft Avenue in Wanstead, Waseem Akhtar, 21, of High Street North in Manor Park, and Bruno Motas, 23, and Keiron Francis, 27, both of no fixed abode were convicted of burglary, but none of them received a sentence of more than two-and-a-half years.

But despite DNA evidence and witness statements, charges over the hit and run on Mr Mankelow were dropped and no one was prosecuted.

He said: “The first policeman said that they would nail them and it filled me with joy. But, I got a call a few days later saying that there is nothing they can do.

“I want the Crown Prosecution Service to take a realistic look at the facts.

“Four people came to my house and attempted to burgle me, ran me down and left me for dead.

“Then four people were arrested a few miles from the scene in the car that ran me down. How is this not joint enterprise?”

Since the burglars were never convicted of running their victim over, compensation could not be recouped from them.

The family has now been awarded a payout from the Motor Insurers' Bureau, but Mr Mankelow says the money should have come from those convicted over the raid.

“I would like to see a change in the law which would force criminals to pay back this money on future earning to make them truly accountable for their actions,” he added.

Liz Dux, of Slater & Gordon, who is representing Mr Mankelow, said: “Mr Mankelow suffered horrific injuries whilst trying to protect his family and property from a gang of intruders.

“It is wrong that those who committed such an act of brutality will not be forced to realise the serious repercussions of their actions or to suffer themselves in any way financially for the harm they have caused.

“His family has been all severely affected and they can no longer live in their own home in peace. The insurance industry should take a tougher line on individuals who commit such acts.”

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10:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

Scum win again it would appear.
Scum win again it would appear. Upshirehorse
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10:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Kestral1410 says...

So that means they are back on the streets in May this year! Marvellous! There was a burglary in School Green Lane yesterday between 4-5pm, they apparently removed a window at the back of the bungalow and the occupier on returning home saw them switch off her kitchen lights as they left (obviously they have an environmental conscience!) I hope they get caught!!!
So that means they are back on the streets in May this year! Marvellous! There was a burglary in School Green Lane yesterday between 4-5pm, they apparently removed a window at the back of the bungalow and the occupier on returning home saw them switch off her kitchen lights as they left (obviously they have an environmental conscience!) I hope they get caught!!! Kestral1410
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

At least the liberals are happy!
At least the liberals are happy! G_Whiz
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2:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Why are convicted criminals allowed legal aid to appeal but victims are ignored?
Why are convicted criminals allowed legal aid to appeal but victims are ignored? myopinioncounts
  • Score: 3

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