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Motorist crushed woman after minor crash near Brent Cross, court heard UK News

A motorist crushed a woman under his car after a minor collision, a court has heard.

Robert Barrow, 55, is on trial for the death of Tahereh Pirali-Dashti, 49, in a clash on the North Circular in north London on January 20 last year.

The victim and her husband, Asghar Moradmand, were on their way to Brent Cross when their Honda Civic made contact with Barrow’s Volkswagen Touareg.

Prosecutor Deanna Heer told jurors whoever was responsible for the collision was insignificant compared to what happened next.

She said the accused “lost his temper” and hit Mr. Moradmand in the face.

As Ms Pirali-Dashti stood in front of her car phoning the police, Barrow “deliberately” led her towards her, causing her to fall to the ground, it was learned.

Ms Heer said, “Then, as she lay there helplessly, he crushed her, causing her severe crush injuries from which she later died.”

The victim’s husband had yelled at Barrow to stop as he moved forward, the Old Bailey heard.

Ms Heer said, “Due to the slow speed at which he was traveling, having knocked her down on the ground, the accused had to accelerate his vehicle to pass the body of the deceased.”

The jury saw dashcam footage capturing the moment Ms Pirali-Dashti disappeared under the car which was then driven away.

Ms Heer said: “This evidence shows that the actions of the accused can only have been deliberate.”

Barrow, of Chigwell, Essex, denies the murder of Ms Pirali-Dashti and the simple assault on her husband.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-06 15:02:14

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