A man who had a murder case against him discontinued has now had a dangerous driving charge dropped because he claimed the victim’s family were chasing him at the time.
Alan Chapman was on trial for the murder of Mick Moss, 47, but the judge discontinued the case against him and he walked free from court.
Chapman’s mother and two men were convicted of Mr Moss’s manslaughter by a jury on October 4 2013.
On October 6, Chapman, 27, was arrested for dangerous driving in Ilkeston. Officers found a small amount of cannabis on him.
But a judge at Derby Crown Court returned a “not guilty” verdict after the prosecution told the court it did not believe it was in the public interest to continue with the charge of dangerous driving.
Prosecutor Sarah Slater said: “He says he was being pursued by family of the man he was alleged to have killed.”
Chapman, 27, of Clumber Street, Long Eaton, admitted possessing cannabis and driving without a licence and insurance. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, had six points put on his licence and was fined £85 with a £15 victim surcharge.