-Kyle Clarke was dragged half a mile down the road by his own Ford Fiesta
-He died after an alleged fuel theft gone wrong at a Bristol petrol station in 2017
-His mother Helen was given his bloodstained clothes after police investigation
-She says she wants to keep them to prove her son was not stealing that night
A mother fighting for justice for her dead son has revealed she keeps his bloodied clothes in her freezer in the hope of proving his innocence one day.
Kyle Clarke, 27, was dragged nearly half a mile along the road by his own Ford Fiesta after an alleged fuel theft gone wrong at a Bristol petrol station in January 2017.
His friend who ran him over, Shakrul Islam, was found guilty of manslaughter but it’s alleged the tragedy happened after a botched fuel theft from a petrol station.
Helen denies Kyle, a builder, was involved in the theft and claims key evidence was missed during the investigation – an allegation police deny.
So since his death, Helen, of Bristol, has kept the bloodied clothes, which Kyle was wearing at the time he was mowed down, in her freezer.
She claims a pathologist advised her to do so.
Following Islam’s conviction, Helen made repeated requests to get the clothes from Avon and Somerset Police.
Officers gave Helen’s husband Richard several clear plastic bags of the garments in September 2017.
“The officer wanted to hand him these clear bags which had a load of bloody clothes inside – our son’s bloody clothes from that evening – and my husband didn’t even have so much as a black bag on him,” Helen said.
“They were in the middle of a car park. So, my husband rang me and said ‘what do I do?’ and you could hear the upset in his voice.
“I mean, how many parents should be confronted with something like that?
“I said it sounds like you’ve got no choice, put them in your car and bring them home and they were in clear bags.”
The family also could not afford to keep the Ford Fiesta locked up at a garage so removed the door and steering wheel which were bubbled-wrapped and are now stored at their home.
Helen insists the car parts will too be crucial in clearing Kyle’s name.
In a statement, a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police the force was subject to laws around keeping hold of property seized as part of an investigation.
Police said: “In relation to the car, we fully liaised with Kyle’s family and the garage where the car was stored to extend the amount of time it could be retained without costs being incurred.
“We updated Kyle’s family throughout and advised the garage would charge £20 a day after a certain period and helped them to make the necessary arrangements.”
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