Motorist jailed for life for the murder of Ben Morse

31/10/2017

A motorist who deliberately drove his car into a group of people, killing one of them, has today been jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court for life and ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years for the murder of Ben Morse.

On 30 April 2017, the 36-year-old victim was part of a group of friends who had gone out for a social gathering. They had started the day in Halesowen, visited Birmingham, before returning back to Halesowen later that evening.

The group of friends then drank at the Rose and Crown pub on the Hagley Road and at around midnight, they caught a taxi to a friend’s house. The taxi dropped the group off on the corner of Bloomsfield Street North and Beech Street in early hours of 01 May 2017.

As they headed off, they came across 21-year-old Nidal Alboraiki, the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa. After some interaction between the group and the occupants of the defendant’s car, Alboraiki drove at the group, narrowly missing them. He then turned the car around and drove at the group again. This time he struck Mr Morse throwing him on to the bonnet and windscreen of his car before simply driving away.

The victim’s friends called the emergency services and Mr Morse was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he passed away from his injuries on 1 May 2017.

Later that same day the defendant called a car recovery company to collect his damaged car and informed them that it had been involved in an accident with a tree. Due to the swift actions of the police, the car was recovered from the garage before it could be repaired and before the tracking device fitted to it could be destroyed. That device provided critical evidence of where and how the defendant drove that night.

Having linked the vehicle to Nidal Alboraiki, he was arrested from his home address in Halesowen.

The defendant has today been found guilty of murder and doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice. His 19-year-old brother, Ahmed Alboraiki, was also arrested for seeking to dispose of key evidence and was today found guilty of doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice and sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment.

Giovanni D’Alessandro, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“Nidal Alboraiki initially denied any involvement in the death of Ben Morse. As the trial approached, however, he changed his stance and chose instead to try and shift the blame for his actions to the deceased and his group of friends.

“The prosecution team were able to provide electronic evidence derived from the telematics black box fitted to the car. This showed where his car had been and how quickly and aggressively it had been driven in the moments leading up to the impact.

“This, coupled with evidence from the recovery company, CCTV and witness statements, enabled us to put the defendant at the scene of the murder, and to prove that the act of driving at Ben Morse was intentional.

“The defendant was aware that there could be electronic evidence against him but he forgot to remove the black box from his car when handing it over the recovery driver. When he tried to remedy that mistake later that day the police had already tracked the vehicle down and he was too late.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Morse.”