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Husband's fury over hit and run cover-up

PUBLISHED: 15:42 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010

Violet Moss.

Violet Moss.

A PENSIONER whose wife was killed in a hit and run accident said he can never forgive the man convicted of covering up the collision.

A PENSIONER whose wife was killed in a hit and run accident said he can never forgive the man convicted of covering up the collision.

Violet Moss, 76, from Abbey Wood, died after she was run over whilst out buying a birthday card for a 90-year-old friend of the family, on December 7, 2002, in McLeod Road, Abbey Wood.

The driver of the blue Rover 214 has never been convicted but on Monday 24-year-old Jagit Johal was found guilty of perverting the course of justice at Woolwich Crown Court.

Johal of Neath Road, Britton Ferry, West Glamorgan, concocted a string of lies about who had access to the car that hit Mrs Moss which took police six years to uncover.

Frank Moss, 84, from Abbey Wood, who was married to Violet for 60 years said he can never forgive Mr Johal, who is due to be sentenced on December 8.

Mr Moss said: "It doesn't matter to me if he gets one year or 100 as it is not going to bring my wife back."

The retired clerical worker, who is disabled, could not bear going to court to see Johal convicted as he did not want to "bring it all back".

He added: "It has been horrible for me and my family these past six years.

"Violet was a hard working woman and she looked after me really well. She was very kind to others and to members of the family. At times there was trouble, she was the first to help out. She was a good hearted woman."

The grandfather said he still keeps the pictures of his wife around the house and the presents their grandchildren gave her to remember his wife.

He said: "I have been living on my own. I still leave all the pictures and things up to remember her."

On the accident that killed his beloved wife, he said: "The driver just drove on and didn't give a damn.

"The only person that knows what happened was the person who was in the car."

Sergeant Paul Sanders, who led the investigation, said the police cannot prove who was driving the car at the time of the incident.

He said: "Johal clearly had something to hide and this prompted him to deploy an intricate tale which he told police and Southwark Coroner's Court.

"These lies have been unravelled by an investigation over six years.

"The driver of the car that failed to stop has never been traced but this conviction will bring the family closer to understanding what really happened."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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