A burglar who twice ran over an ex-Royal Navy officer with his own car has been convicted of murder.
Ryan Gibbons, 29, admitted breaking into Mike Samwell’s home in Chorlton, Manchester on 23 April and stealing his Audi S3 sports car but denied deliberately driving over him.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court took four hours to find Gibbons guilty of the 35-year-old’s murder.
Gibbons, of Steven Court, Chorlton, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
The court heard Mr Samwell, a nuclear engineer, and his wife Jessica woke to the sound of burglars breaking into their home on Cranbourne Road on 23 April.
The former submarine officer ran downstairs to confront Gibbons as he was driving off, shouting “Get out of the car” but was run over.
His wife Jessica Samwell followed him out of the house and found her husband on his back with tyre marks on his chest and “blood coming out of his head”.
Raymond Davies, 21, of Castlefield Walk, Manchester, who collected Gibbons after he crashed and dumped the Audi was found guilty of manslaughter.
Gibbons’ girlfriend Stacey Hughes 28, of Steven Court, Chorlton, was cleared of assisting an offender by giving a false name while the couple stayed in a hotel the night after the murder.