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Monday, 2 December, 2002, 18:24 GMT
Driver jailed over PC death
PC Walker's bike in Birmingham
PC Malcolm Walker was thrown from his bike
A man accused of killing a police motorcyclist by deliberately ramming him off the road in a stolen car has been jailed for life.

Nicholas Walters, of Villa Road, Lozells, Birmingham, was secretly recorded boasting that he had killed PC Malcolm Walker.

The 46-year-old constable, who was married with four children, died when he was thrown from his bike.

The incident happened in front of dozens of people in, Perry Barr, Birmingham, in October last year.

Pc Malcolm Walker
PC Walker had 21 years experience on the force
Nottingham Crown Court heard Walters, 22, was later caught on a covert police recording talking about the incident and threatening to kill a love rival.

The court was told Walters had earlier admitted theft of a car, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and charges of possessing a firearm.

On Monday, he was found guilty of PC Walker's murder and jailed for life.

A separate charge of armed robbery was left to lie on file.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Hunt told Walters: "You deliberately went after him, you were determined to get him.

Abandoned vehicle

"Using that stolen car as a weapon, you deliberately drove into the rear of his motorcycle and knocked him onto a bollard, where he met his death."

Nicholas Walters
Nicholas Walters "showed no remorse"
The court was told by prosecutor Stephen Linehan that Walters had stolen a Peugeot 406 from a petrol station in Birmingham.

Mr Linehan said when Walters realised PC Walker was in pursuit, he stopped the vehicle, waited until the officer drew up alongside him and then deliberately drove straight into him.

The court heard while Walters was in custody, police were granted permission to carry out covert surveillance of him and tape his conversations with visitors.

In one chat with his girlfriend, Walters was heard bragging about the incident.

'Loving husband'

Speaking about her affections for a rival, Walters said: "I'm going to shoot him, I'm going to kill him like I killed that copper."

The court was also told Walters had been released on licence from prison in connection with driving matters just weeks before killing the police officer.

PC Walker's widow, Helen, said she hoped in Walters' case, life meant life.

"What makes me really angry is he is going to get fed and watered while in prison," she added.

"He has showed absolutely no remorse at all. There were things the jury didn't see when he came out. He would stare at us and at one point he poked his tongue out at us.

"He had only been out of prison four weeks for a previous offence and within four weeks he could commit murder.

"He should have still been behnd bars."

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Helen Walker
"He has shown absolutely no remorse at all"

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