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Pizza delivery driver guilty of manslaughter

|News, Violent crime

A pizza delivery driver who deliberately drove into two friends has been convicted of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Uran Nabiev, 63, drove into Jake Kemp and John Ambler who were walking down Bexley Road in Erith after a night out at around 4.30am on Saturday, 19 October 2019.

Nabiev had been left frustrated after concluding one of the victims had broken off the wing mirror from his parked Toyota Prius. He sought revenge by following the pair in his car.

He revved his engine and angled the vehicle towards them, before deliberately mounting the pavement behind them. His vehicle struck Mr Ambler first, who rolled onto the bonnet before hitting the ground. As Mr Kemp attempted to run to the other side of the road for safety, Nabiev reversed his car and followed him, mounting the other side of the pavement. As Mr Kemp lost his footing and stumbled, Nabiev drove the car over his body, dragging him along the pavement for nine metres.

Twenty-six-year-old air conditioning engineer Jake Kemp was left fatally injured by the attack. Having suffered significant trauma to his brain, he died in hospital from the head injury three days later on 22 October, 2019. His friend suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Five hours after the incident Nabiev booked a flight to his native country of Azerbaijan. He boarded the flight later that day. He left his car parked outside a friend’s home.

Nabiev was arrested when he arrived back in the country at Luton Airport on 10 November last year. He was convicted of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a trial at the Old Bailey, which concluded today (Monday, 22 June).

Emma Currie, from the CPS, said: “This was a senseless act of violence that should have been avoided.

“Although Uran Nabiev claimed that the collisions were accidental, the prosecution case included strong CCTV evidence which captured the attack from start to finish, and in which it appeared that Nabiev deliberately drove into both victims. It also featured a compelling collision examination report which suggested that Nabiev not only drove at Mr Kemp, but accelerated as he did so.

“Despite also stating that his only intention was to speak to the victims about paying for the damage to his wing mirror, Nabiev ended up killing one and injuring the other. He took matters into his own hands, using his car as a weapon. This proved to have tragic consequences.

“Although nothing can bring their loved one back, I hope this conviction provides some comfort to the family and friends of Jake Kemp. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

Notes to editors

  • Uran Nabiev (DOB: 18/07/1956) is from Erith in the London borough of Bexley
  • Emma Currie is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London homicide unit in CPS London North.

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