A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been convicted of murdering a Feltham footballer by deliberately driving into him following a row over a torn shirt.
Ricky Clarke-Dilly intentionally ran over Simon Large, 24, in Ascot High Street in the early hours of Sunday, October 14, last year, a jury decided by majority verdict this afternoon (Wednesday).
He had admitted manslaughter but denied a charge of murder.
Clarke-Dilly, of Grampian Way, Slough, is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court tomorrow.
Ryan Quartermaine, aged 21, from Mead Avenue, Slough admitted perverting the course of justice in relation to this case at an earlier hearing. He is also due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Senior investigating officer Det Chief Inspector Gill Wootton, from Major Crime, said: “This was a brutal and hugely disproportionate response by Clarke-Dilly to what amounted to a nightclub scuffle. Using the car as a weapon, he ended the life of Simon Large at just 24, leaving his family stunned by their loss.
“When Clarke-Dilly was arrested the same morning, three-and-a-half hours after running down Simon Large, he was still nearly double the legal drink-drive limit.
“I would like to pay tribute to Simon Large’s family and friends who have remained so strong in the most trying and distressing of circumstances. I am pleased with the result and believe that justice has been done.”