‘Carnage and death’: Attempted murder trial of man who drove through Gravesend nightclub’s dancefloor begins
PUBLISHED: 17:38 17 September 2018
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A clubber enraged at being thrown out threatened to kill bouncers before driving his car into a crowded dance floor at a Gravesend nightclub, a court has been told.
Mohammed Abdul, 21, was intent on causing “carnage and death to anyone who was in his way” as he ploughed his Suzuki Vitara into revellers, Maidstone Crown Court heard.
He is on trial for attempted murder over the incident at Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday, March 17, which left eight people injured.
Abdul had been in the Queen Street venue for around three hours until he was kicked out at around 11.40pm for being too drunk, jurors heard.
In a rage and acting aggressively, he threatened bouncers, telling one: “If I can’t come in I’m going to come back and shut this place down and kill you guys,” doorman Peter Muro told the court.
Abdul returned in his vehicle around 10 minutes later and drove “at speed” down a narrow alleyway by the side of the club, with door staff and clubbers jumping or being pulled out of the way, prosecutor Simon Taylor said.
The alleyway houses a marquee attached to the club with a dance floor and DJ booth, and was filled with revellers there to see grime rapper Giggs.
Despite the efforts of door staff, Abdul drove some way down the alleyway, stopped for nine seconds to make up his mind, then accelerated into the marquee, Mr Taylor said.
Jurors saw CCTV of a vehicle crashing through the marquee, knocking several people to the floor, before attempting to reverse away but being blocked by clubbers.
Mr Taylor said: “It was a determined and indiscriminate effort to cause carnage and death to anyone who was in his way.
“Mercifully, and no thanks to the defendant, death was not caused by his driving but serious injury was.
“The Crown says there was plainly an intention to kill here.”
Doorman Grzegorz Perzanowski told the court through a Polish translator he had escorted Abdul out of the club after a group of girls complained about him touching them and being intoxicated.
Later, he remembered “spinning several times in the air” after jumping on to the car’s bonnet to avoid being knocked down.
Abdul, of Deptford, south-east London, accepts he was the driver of the vehicle and has admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, jurors heard.
But he denies two counts of attempting to murder persons in the vicinity of the club and an alternative charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
He also denies two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent relating to cameraman Pierre Jermaine Joseph and clubber Katie Wells, who suffered a broken shin and fractured pelvis respectively.