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Witness' tears for killed Sikh taxi driver

PUBLISHED: 18:30 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 August 2010

A WITNESS wept in court as she described the moment she saw a Sikh taxi driver run over by his own car. Luke Aujila, 21, of no fixed abode, is standing trial at Maidstone Crown Court for the murder of Gian Chand Bajar, 71, of Darnley Road, Gravesend. Th

A WITNESS wept in court as she described the moment she saw a Sikh taxi driver run over by his own car.

Luke Aujila, 21, of no fixed abode, is standing trial at Maidstone Crown Court for the murder of Gian Chand Bajar, 71, of Darnley Road, Gravesend.

The father-of-five, was found injured in St Benedict's Avenue, Gravesend in May 2007, after being run over by his silver Skoda Octavia taxi.

The defendant had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which the prosecution has not accepted.

During the trial, Linda Harvey, who lived on St Benedict's Avenue at the time of the killing, said: "I heard shouting.

"I looked out of the landing room window and I could see the man lying in the road. His feet were towards the pavement and his head was towards the centre of the road.

"I could see his tummy going up and down.

"I saw the car try to do a three point turn. Then it drove down the hill towards the garages at the bottom. My boyfriend Mark went downstairs to try and help the man. It was obvious he was injured, he wouldn't just lie in the road.

"Then I could see the car coming back up the hill. I was screaming to Mark that the car couldn't get past the man without running him over.

"The car came up the hill and he seemed to be speeding up as he came up the hill. He came round the corner. He ran the man over and drove on up the road."

The court heard how Mr Aujila had drunk six cans of cider and a medium-sized bottle of Bacardi in Northfleet on May 23, and later that night was seen getting into Mr Bajar's taxi on Dover Road, Northfleet.

They arrived at St Benedict's Avenue at 10.07pm where it is alleged Mr Bajar was assaulted and then run over by his own vehicle, causing the fatal injuries.

The defendant then sped off towards a service road behind his home in Dorchester Road, Gravesend, and set fire to the taxi.

Aujila's mother Annette, 42, of Dorchester Road, Gravesend, and his brother Thomas, 25, of Gordon Road, Northfleet, have admitted perverting the course of justice by helping Mr Aujila to dispose of clothes that had blood on them.

The case continues.

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