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Liverpool Echo
Ellen Kirwin

Face of 'baby-faced' criminal now he's a grown up killer driver

The face of a man who left a driver to die after crashing into him was revealed in his latest mugshot.

Shaun Tinsley appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, where he was sentenced to nine years and four months behind bars for killing a 61-year-old man, from Wirral, on the M62. Tinsley's full criminal record was revealed in court, which stretches back to his youth.

The now 28-year-old, of Deysbrook Way, West Derby, had a whopping 21 previous convictions for 36 offences. In previous ECHO articles, Tinsley's 'baby-face' mugshot was shared when he was jailed in 2014 for his part in a Merseyside-based drugs gang who trafficked heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis to Cumbria.

After being released, his home was then raided by Matrix as part of a crackdown on gun crime. Merseyside Police recovered a silver revolver loaded with one run and a 9mm Luger pistol with a number of rounds inside, as well as an additional three live rounds and one spent round.

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Tinsley was jailed for six years in September of the same year after admitting possession of firearms and ammunition. He was also convicted of dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance in November 2010.

Now Tinsley will serve more years behind bars, after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while disqualified as well as failing to stop and failing to report the collision.

Liverpool Crown court heard how at around 3.40am on Saturday 29 April, Tinsley was driving a grey Mercedes which collided with Mr Loller driving a silver Skoda Fabia on the eastbound carriageway near to junction 10, the Croft Interchange.

However, rather than stop and help the driver, Tinsley chose to flee the scene and made off on foot. Mr Loller died from his injuries in hospital.

Shaun Tinsley pictured when he was jailed in 2014 (Cumbria Police)

Following his sentencing, Sergeant Russell Sime of the serious and complex collision investigation unit, said: "Tinsley’s selfish and cowardly actions resulted in the death of an innocent man, and I welcome the sentence that has been handed to him. He caused this crash, but rather than stop at the scene to help the other driver and face the consequences of his actions, he chose to flee.

"He then went into hiding in an attempt to evade justice. Thankfully as result of our investigation he has now been held accountable for his actions.

"I hope in some way the sentence that has been passed down by the courts to Tinsley will help bring some comfort to the victim’s family. Our thoughts remain firmly with them as they will continue to deal with the devastating outcome of this heart-breaking incident every day."

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