A pizza delivery driver who deliberately mowed down two friends in Erith, killing 26-year-old Jake Kemp, has been found guilty of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Uran Nabiev, 63, drove into Kemp and John Ambler, both from Barnehurst, whilst they were walking down Bexley Road in Erith after a night out on October 19 last year.

Mr Kemp had been walking along the street when his friend Mr Ambler, 33, drunkenly punched out at Uran Nabiev's parked Toyota Prius at around 4:30am.

Nabiev, 63, who had been at home drinking vodka, was accused of taking "the law into his own hands" when he noticed the damage, getting into his car and steering towards the two friends to seek revenge.

His vehicle struck Mr Ambler first, who rolled onto the bonnet, and then as Mr Kemp lost his footing, Nabiev drove the car over his body, dragging him along the pavement for eight metres.

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The 26-year-old air conditioning engineer was left fatally injured by the attack, having suffered significant trauma to his brain, and he died in hospital three days later.

A jury deliberated for more than 19 hours to find Nabiev guilty of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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The defendant was cleared of the more serious charges of murder and attempted murder.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Kemp's father described his son as a "bundle of mischief" who was never malicious, unkind or deliberately mean.

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During the trial, jurors had watched the violent incident on Bexley Road, Erith, south London which was caught on graphic CCTV footage.

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Nabiev drove up behind the two men, revved his engine and mounted the pavement.

Delivery driver Mr Ambler was hit in the arm and his friend ran off pursued by Nabiev who reversed and mounted the opposite pavement.

Mr Kemp stumbled and fell and seconds later Nabiev drove straight over him, with the body ending up in a pool of his own blood.

After the incident, Nabiev, a father of one, drove to a friend's house "shaking, panicking and slurring his words", the court heard.

The Old Bailey heard he said: "Thief, thief. They broke the car."

Five hours after the incident, Nabiev booked a flight to his native country of Azerbaijan, boarding a flight later that day and leaving his car parked outside a friend’s house.

He was arrested when arrived back in the UK in November, and was then found guilty following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today, June 22.

Emma Currie, from the CPS, called it 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.”

Senior prosecutor Currie said he chose to “take matters into his own hands by using his car as a weapon, which proved to have tragic consequences.”

“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.”

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC had said: "The prosecution case is that shortly after 4.30am, Uran Nabiev used his car as a weapon to attack both Jake Kemp and John Ambler.

"Instead of ringing the police to report his wing mirror damaged, he took the law into his own hands with tragic consequences."

Nabiev had denied intending to kill Mr Kemp, saying he had no recollection of that part of the collision. In relation to Mr Ambler, he said it was an accident.

The defendant was remanded into custody. Nabiev will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow, 23 June 2020.