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Last wish 'Dad wanted to be buried in Ireland', heartbroken family tell court after tragic hit-and-run

Daughter Dee said Clout had left “my dad on the side of the street bleeding out” and branded her “an inhumane person, who had lied about him, and from what I’ve heard, laughed about it.”

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Mr Runcorn and his daughters

Mr Runcorn and his daughters

Mr Runcorn and his daughters

The devastated family of a man who died after a hit and run in the UK have told of how they were “unable to fulfil his last wish of going back home to Ireland."

Patrick ‘Paddy’ Moore (62) from Runcorn, was hit by a Fiat Punto on Halton Brook Avenue in Runcorn on October 5, 2019.

Statements were read out by his five daughters shortly before driver Gemma Clout was jailed for six years at Chester Crown Court.

The court heard Clout (32) of Folly Farm Close, Warrington, probably “had to step over” the 62-year-old before fleeing the scene in her boyfriend’s van.

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Gemma Clout

Gemma Clout

Gemma Clout

Mr Moore's daughters shared harrowing details from the night of the crash, as well as the five months of medical uncertainty and bedside vigils as he fought for his life, sometimes communicating by blinking.

They also told how they could not honour their father’s wish to be buried in Ireland with his wife due to the pandemic.

Their mother had already passed away when Mr Moore, 62, of Runcorn, died in hospital on March 11 last year, leaving them “orphans”.

Two autopsies also had to take place, leading the funeral directors not to look at the body before he was cremated due to the deterioration of the body in the time elapsed.

Among the statements, Mr Moore’s daughter Jennifer spoke of how the family was now “unable to fulfil his last wish of going back home to Ireland” for his final resting place.

She called the grief “too much to take”, adding: “I never believed my dad was going to die: my dad, my best friend, was too strong to die.”

Daughter Angela told the court her dad was a "crucial support", and helped to look after her four children.

Youngest daughter Maria said she would usually receive a text from her father at about 11pm to let her know he was home safe but didn't get one on the night of October 5, 2019.

She revealed she became “scared and worried” and called a taxi to go to his home where she found the lights on but no-one home.

Soon afterwards she learned the horrific news that her dad had been seriously injured.

Maria also described the trauma of seeing him unable to move his arms or legs or speak, as she tried to reassure him “he would get better”.

When doctors told the family life support was to be withdrawn, they were “reluctant” to wait for all five daughters to be present, but Maria persuaded them to allow it.

She said: “He passed away with all his family around him, for this I was grateful.”

Mr Moore’s daughter Dee told the court the incident had left her suffering traumatic symptoms such as the sound of rainfall being transformed from a soothing sleep aid into a trigger to bring back the horror of October 5, 2019, the nightmares that go with it, and the flashback of “scrubbing the pavement, all the congealed blood splatter”.

She told the court she saw her dad’s face three months after the collision, his eyelids sewn shut and the skin too fragile to touch.

The ordeal and time pressures of visiting him during his fight for life had left her training and career as a football physio in jeopardy, having been asked to leave her job.

Dee said Clout had left “my dad on the side of the street bleeding out” and branded her “an inhumane person, who had lied about him, and from what I’ve heard, laughed about it.”

In comments directly addressed to the defendant, she said: “I don’t apologise to you Gemma.

“I want you to hear how you destroyed our lives.”

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