A driver who killed a policeman in a hit and run collision made sick boasts about his crime in prison.

Garry Cody, 25, was today jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Kingston Crown Court for killing PC Andrew Duncan by running him down at 50mph in Reigate Avenue on September 20 last year.

Cody had been driving at almost 90mph when PC Duncan tried to stop him during a routine speed check operation.

Although Cody did brake, he struck the father-of-two from East Molesey at over 50mph, throwing him 35m through the air.

The impact snapped both PC Duncan's legs and left him with serious head, chest and abdominal injuries that he died from two days later.

Although Cody drove away from the scene, he handed himself in to police later that same day having phoned his dad to say "I've done it now, I've hit a copper".

Cody admitted causing death by dangerous driving but as he awaited sentence he was overheard boasting about his crimes by a prison officer at HMP Belmarsh.

The court heard that he said to guard Paul Dunne "do you know who I am? I'm on the news, I'm the one who ran the policeman over. I'm probably on telly all over the world."

The same prison guard also overheard Cody, who also goes by the name Gary Bromidge, tell a fellow inmate "it's on YouTube, copper brown bread. You see it on there, me and the car and the copper dead in the road".

The guard then saw Cody pretend to play an imaginary violin.

Cody even kept newspaper clippings from the time of the incident and would show them to his fellow inmates.

Before he sentenced Cody, Judge Nicholas Price QC had to fight back tears as he read from a statement by PC Duncan's widow that said: "Our for our house, travelling and our retirement are now things I will have to face alone.

"He was my world, we are truly devastated."

The court heard how Cody has amassed what the judge called a "staggering" 35 convictions for 88 offences.

Sentencing, Judge Price added: "I struggle to find anything of real benefit to be said on your behalf save from the fact you had the decency to admit your guilt. "

The judge also disqualified Cody from driving for six years.

Officer in the case Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said: "I think the length of the sentence reflects the severity of the incident.

"PC Duncan was an experienced officer who served the people of London for 23 years.

"He was actively involved in the community and gave a lot of his time to the scouting movement.

"He was carrying out a routine speed check when Cody, a young man with a dreadful record of reckless and criminal behaviour, hit him.

"We became aware Cody was claiming to be full of remorse, however his conduct within prison did not reflect that."