Shocking moment 'psychotic' driver chases down biker dad-of-three and ploughs car into him at 80mph in fatal crash | The Sun

A "PSYCHOTIC" motorist who rammed into and killed a motorcyclist after pursuing him was locked up today in a psychiatric hospital.

Paul Barrett targeted father of three Ryan Brindley with his car in a "random" and unprovoked attack, a court heard.

Prior to running down Ryan, the 43-year-old took his mother's VW Touran and drove it at speeds of almost 80mph through the quaint village of Dinton, Wiltshire.

When Paul saw the motorcyclist coming in the opposite direction he abruptly made a U-turn and began to pursue him.

The "insane" driver began pushing his foot down "fully" on the accelerator to catch up to him.

Dashcam footage filmed from his car and shown to the court, shows how he savagely ploughed into the back of the motorbike at a speed of 78mph.


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His victim was hurled from his motorcycle, killing him instantly as he landed on the road.

Barrett's car carried the motorbike along for a distance before he crashed into a wall.

A passer-by found him there minutes later and heard him saying something.

He reportedly said: "I think I've killed him, haven't I?"

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Barrett was arrested and taken to hospital for assessment before being taken into police custody.

The brutal attack came days after the motorist, who is bipolar, told health care professionals he "needed to be sectioned or die".

He was in the midst of an extreme "psychotic episode" and believed he was being pursued by "the State", a judge was told.

Today Barrett appeared for sentencing at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

In a victim impact statement, Ryan’s partner said: “Ryan was a beautiful human being – he will be missed by so many.

"He was a deeply private man and although I understand there are many people who want to read and understand what happened, I would like to request that everybody, including the media, are respectful of Ryan’s remaining family and their privacy.

"I know that Ryan would be hating all the attention this case has brought."

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Childe told local media that the killing of Ryan was "entirely random and unprovoked", which had shocked the local community.

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He said: "I would like to pay tribute to Ryan’s family who have suffered such a devastating loss, and thank them for the support they have shown during the police investigation.

"Ryan was taken from them in the cruellest of circumstances and my thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time."

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