An angry driver used his car ‘as a weapon’ to mow down two men – killing one of them – after his wing mirror was snapped off, the Old Bailey was told.
Uran Nabiev, 63, ‘took the law into his own hands’ and mounted the pavement, ploughing into friends John Ambler, 33, and Jake Kemp, 26, with his Toyota Prius in the early hours of October 19 last year, it is claimed.
Jurors heard Mr Ambler was hit in the arm, while Mr Kemp manage to run a short distance as Nabiev maneuvered the car around. He stumbled and fell trying to get away before Nabiev allegedly drove straight over him.
Mr Kemp was dragged nine metres along the pavement, ending up face down in a pool of blood. He suffered a serious head injury and died in hospital three days after the alleged attack.
Nabiev denies the murder of Mr Kemp and the attempted murder of Mr Ambler, both from Barnehurst, south-east London. He also denies lesser alternative charges of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Jurors heard Mr Ambler had been walking with Mr Kemp on Bexley Road, Erith, southeast London, after a night out when he drunkenly punched out at Mr Nabiev’s Prius.
Nabiev, who had been at home drinking vodka at the time, allegedly got into his car and drove after them.
Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said: ‘Instead of ringing the police to report his wing mirror damage, he took the law into his own hands with tragic consequences.
‘He drove deliberately at John Ambler first. Having struck him with the car, he manoeuvred the vehicle expertly backwards and then chased after Jake Kemp.
‘Jake had no chance. He ran and fell. Despite a clear time gap, the defendant made no attempt to brake. The Toyota was accelerating. It dragged the prone Jake Kemp for about nine metres before driving off.
‘No attempt was made to stop. The defendant knew exactly what he was doing when he drove at both these men as they walked on Bexley Road. They stood no chance.’
After the incident, father-of-one Nabiev drove to a friend’s house ‘shaking, panicking and slurring his words’, the court heard.
He allegedly said: ‘Thief, thief. They broke the car.’
Nabiev then fled to his native Azerbaijan but was arrested on his return to the UK in November.
Following his arrest, Nabiev told police he was ‘extremely sorry’ for Mr Kemp’s death.
In a prepared statement, he said he ‘did not intend to harm anyone or to cause them serious harm’.
The trial continues.