A raging pizza delivery driver ran over two people and dragged one of them down a pavement after his car`s wing mirror was snapped off, a court heard.
In the early hours of 19 October last year, John Ambler with his colleague, Jake Kemp were strolling along a street in Erith, southeast London after a night out and drunkenly punched a Toyota Prius that was parked.
The owner of the car, Uran Nabiev reacted to this by taking “the law into his own hands with tragic consequences”. The 63-year-old pizza delivery driver got into his car with the premeditation of using it “as a weapon”against the two men, the jurors heard.
A graphic CCTV footage which showed what transpired that morning was played in court. Naibev was alleged to have driven up behind the two men, revved his engine and mounted the pavement.
The vehicle struck Mr Ambler, 33, on his arm and Mr Kemp, 26, who tried to run, but he tripped and fell while trying to get away and Nabiev deliberately drove over this body, dragging him along the pavement. He was extremely injured and died in hospital three days later.
Soon after the incident, Mr Naibev drove to his friend`s house, “shaking, panicking and slurring his words”, and allegedly said “Thief, thief. They broke my car”, the court was told.
Naibev travelled to Azerbaijan to flee from the case but was arrested soon after his return to the UK in November.
On Wednesday Prosecutor Anthony QC opened the murder trial saying: “Instead of ringing the police to report his wing mirror damage, he took the law into his own hands with tragic consequences.
“Jake had no chance. He ran and fell. Despite a clear time gap, the defendant made no attempt to brake.”
Mr Naibev denied the charges against him of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He said that he “did not intend to harm anyone or cause serious harm”.