Vigo “car bomb” trial underway
PUBLISHED: 18:26 07 February 2011 | UPDATED: 19:15 08 February 2011
A former soldier tried to blow up his pregnant wife with a car bomb a day after she confronted him over debts and an affair, a jury heard on the opening day of his trial.
Nick Fabian, 33, of Highview, Vigo, appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, is accused of using a hand grenade to attempt to kill his wife on March 5 last year.
The explosion, which destroyed the blue Mazda she had borrowed from her mother, tore through the vehicle causing huge injuries to her legs.
Prosecuting Graham Reeds told the jury remains of a British army issue L109 hand grenade, later discovered to have been tampered with were found near the car. He explained how a fishing line could have been used to trigger the device, and detailed how the weapon could have been stolen while he was at a training camp in North Yorkshire only six weeks earlier.
Mr Reeds also revealed Mr Fabian was having an affair with a former work colleague and wracked up £1400 of credit card debt, an issue his wife confronted him with the day before the explosion.
Tiny samples of DNA taken from remains of the grenade would be found on one person in 28, and fit Fabian’s DNA.
Mr Reed said: “The defendant was a recently trained soldier was will know the damage a hand grenade was capable of doing.
“The prosecution states the defendant was the only one in a position to come into possession of the grenade and place it into his wife’s wheel arch,”
The trial continues.