Thug screams ‘I am Jesus’ before killing grandad on terrifying rampage

Terrifying dashcam footage caught the moment a thief screamed ‘I am Jesus!’ before he stole another car and killed an 87-year-old at a bus stop.

Gavin Collins, 39, had been released from prison just days before his 30-minute rampage, which resulted in the death of beloved grandfather Terry Radford.

During his crime spree, Collins stole three cars, crashed into two houses, broke into three properties and repeatedly rammed a police car as he tried to escape.

It began on April 19 last year with Collins bursting into a house in Tibshelf, Derbyshire, grabbing a set of car keys before speeding away.

Dashcam footage shows Collins rip off the rear view mirror and take his hands off the wheel while careering past cars.

He screams: ‘Let’s go! Let’s go! I’m enraged. I’m Jesus. I’m the descendant of God.’

Terrifying footage shows driver declaring ‘I’m Jesus’ before killing retiree

As he accelerates, narrowly missing oncoming traffic, he shouts: ‘Watch me go! I’m getting stronger and stronger by the second.’

Footage then shows Collins lose control of the car and crash into a house on Mansfield Road in Skegby, Nottinghamshire.

The homeowner was forced to leap out of the way of the car which ploughed into their property.

Collins managed to scramble out of the wrecked car and tried to steal the homeowner’s vehicle but he refused to hand over the keys.

He then carjacked a woman driving on the A38 by opening her car door and forcing her out onto the road.

Minutes later Collins got out of the car, after colliding with some barriers, and approached a house on foot.

He banged on the window shouting to be let in before picking up a slab from the garden and throwing it at the patio doors which shattered.

Collins barged inside and threatened the homeowners before leaving with the keys to their car.

He then went to a neighbouring property where he demanded the resident remove an electronic tag from his ankle.

Collins drove off in their Seat Leon for about 20 yards before he reversed at speed, mounted the pavement and hit Mr Radford at a bus stop.

The grandfather and retired magistrate suffered horrific injuries and died at the scene.

Collins then sped off again but was cornered by police in the cul-de-sac.

Footage shows him repeatedly ramming the police car and reversing into a wall before driving away.

Moments later Collins was tasered by police after he smashed into a tree and became trapped in the car.

Tibshelf was jailed for life on Wednesday after being found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility following a five-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

He was also found guilty of two counts of aggravated vehicle taking, two counts of burglary and one count of attempted robbery in connection with a series of incidents in Mansfield and Ashfield.

The judge had previously dismissed a charge of kidnap against Collins.

Mr Radford’s grieving family said in a statement: ‘We’re absolutely devastated at the loss of the most wonderful dad and grandad who was loved and respected by everyone.

‘He was the hub of our family. He was 87 but remained intelligent, articulate and funny. He was great company to be with and was as sharp as a pin.

‘He was extremely fit and most people took him for a healthy 70-year-old. Having looked after mum who had extreme dementia, and who we lost last September, he was finally getting his life back.

‘He had three holidays planned for 2019 including to the USA and a European river cruise.

‘Now he won’t get to live out those dreams and his family and wide circle of friends won’t get to share more great times with him.’

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman said: ‘This is a tragic set of circumstances that has obviously had a devastating and profound impact on Mr Radford’s family and friends.

‘Our thoughts continue to be with them at this extremely difficult time as well as with those people affected by Collins’ actions that day.’