Mother and partner convicted for helping killer flee country - The Coventry Observer

Mother and partner convicted for helping killer flee country

Holly Clement 3rd Jul, 2024 Updated: 3rd Jul, 2024   0

A MOTHER and partner have been convicted for helping killer flee the country after fatal collision in Coventry.

The mother and the partner of a man who murdered a father when he ploughed into him in a car in Coventry, have both been convicted of trying to help him evade capture.

They helped , Ashley Donald, flee the country two days after the collision in Grosvenor Road in 2022.

Donald was driving a silver Mondeo when he deliberately went the wrong way up the one-way street and hit Andrew Flamson as he walked his dog just before 11pm on July 12.

Mr Flamson, 40, died three days later in hospital having suffered fatal head injuries.

Donald’s mother Faye Gowdy and his partner Bethany Donohue, provided money and bought tickets as he fled to Ireland.




On July, 19, officers arrested Gowdy at home in Edgbaston and Donohue at Birmingham Airport on the same day.

Donald returned to the UK in September and handed himself in at Coventry Police Station.


Following a trial in May 2023, Donald was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 23 years after being convicted of murder.

Three other men who were also in the car at the time were convicted of manslaughter and were each jailed for between 12 and 15 years.

Gowdy, aged 44 of Carpenter Road, Edgbaston, and Donohue, aged 23, of Albany Road, Coventry, were both convicted of assisting an offender on Monday (July 1).

They are due for sentence on August, 12 at Leamington Crown Court.

Det Insp Tom Lyons, said: “This was an awful case of a car being used as a weapon with devastating results.

“For anyone to then assist the perpetrator of such an act as they tried to evade justice is wholly unacceptable.

“And we have not shied away from bringing both these women who attempted to do just that before the courts.”

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