A man has been jailed for killing a police officer by running him down as he tried to stop his car – an act he has been “boasting” about in prison.
Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody, who was yesterday sentenced to eight and a half years at Kingston Crown Court, kept newspaper clippings about the incident in his cell which he showed to fellow inmates.
Bromige was doing a maximum of between 80 and 88mph in his black Volkswagen Golf along Reigate Avenue in Sutton, south London, in the early hours of September 20 last year when traffic police attempted to stop him.
Pc Andy Duncan stepped out to pull him over, but Bromige hit the father-of-two, throwing him into the air “like a ragdoll” and leaving him with fatal injuries. The officer, who had been with the Metropolitan Police for 23 years, died in hospital two days later.
The court heard Bromige, 25, who was wearing a maroon tracksuit in the dock, was driving to a Krispy Kreme doughnuts outlet with four friends when he struck the policeman who was on a speed checking exercise with a colleague.
The defendant was quoted as saying everyone was in the car “having the banter”.
Jonathan Rees QC, for the prosecution, said when he was hit Pc Duncan was “projected high into the air rather like a ragdoll”.
The speed of the Golf prior to braking was 80-88mph, and if he was going at the speed limit he would have been able to stop, Mr Rees said.
Bromige drove away from the scene and abandoned the car.
The court heard he rang his father and told him that he had “done it this time”, and his father told him to hand himself in, which he did that day.
He pleaded guilty in December to causing death by dangerous driving, as well as charges of causing death while uninsured, causing death while unlicensed, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.
Mr Rees read extracts from a prison officer’s statement and, before he did so, he said it suggested that Bromige, of Holland Road, south Norwood, was enjoying the notoriety the incident had given him.
In the statement, the prison officer said Bromige said to him: “Do you know who I am? I’m the one on the news. The one who ran the policeman over. I’m probably on the telly all over the world.”