Published: 11:59, 23 June 2020
| Updated: 12:54, 23 June 2020
A pizza delivery driver who deliberately drove at a man, dragging him under his car for nine metres, has been jailed for 14-years after being found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Uran Nabiev, 63, of Bexley Road, Erith, was sentenced this morning for the hit-and-run that killed 26-year-old Jake Kemp, he was also banned from driving for five years after his release from prison.
A jury deliberated for more than 19 hours to find Nabiev guilty of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Mr Kemp's friend.
The court, in front of Judge Richard Marks QC, heard on October 19 last year, Mr Kemp from Barnehurst, had been drinking with his friend in a pub in Bexley Road.
The pair left just before midnight heading to a garage to buy more alcohol before making their way to a friend's house.
Mr Kemp and his friend left the property in the early hours, walking along Bexley Road.
Along the way, Mr Kemp's friend punched and broke the wing mirror of a parked Toyota Prius in what he later admitted to police was an act of drunken stupidity.
As they continued, the pair were unaware the owner of the vehicle, Nabiev, was awake in his home and witnessed the damage.
Nabiev got into his car and drove after them. He mounted the pavement and hit Mr Kemp's friend, pushing him up onto the bonnet. He then fell to the ground, suffering a dislocated shoulder.
Mr Kemp ran to the other side of the road where Nabiev made a U-turn and sped down the pavement towards him.
When he stumbled and fell, Nabiev drove over him, dragging his body under the car approximately nine metres before driving off, leaving Mr Kemp on the ground.
Police, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended to find Mr Kemp unconscious with a brain injury. He was taken to hospital where he died three days later.
Just five hours after the hit and run, Nabiev booked a flight back to his native country of Azerbaijan.
As a result of CCTV evidence, police went to Nabiev’s home and recovered the Toyota Prius.
The car was examined and found to be missing a driver’s side mirror and a windscreen wiper and had signs of minor damage, however the brakes and steering were all found to be working.
Nabiev was arrested on suspicion of murder when he returned to the country at Luton Airport on November 10.
He was interviewed and gave a prepared statement saying he “did not intend in any way to cause the death of Mr Kemp and/or attempt the killing of any other person”.
Judge Marks rejected Nabiev’s claim that he only meant to “scare” the young men, having viewed graphic CCTV of the incident in Erith.
He said: “This was a grotesque and wholly unwarranted overreaction to minor damage having been caused to your vehicle.
“This was, in any view, a truly horrific incident.”
He told the defendant that the account he gave to jurors showed he had “no remorse at all” for what he did.
Following the conviction, in a statement, Mr Kemp's family said: “Our son, Jake Kemp, died in a hit and run on Bexley Road in Bexley - he was hit on October 19 and died of his injuries on October 22.
"As a family we would like to thank our friends, community and the police for their continued support.
"We reserve special thanks for our QC, the CPS and the witness service staff at the court. Also all the witnesses who gave evidence at the trial in difficult circumstances.
"We would give anything to have Jake back, he will continue to live in our hearts and will live on in many other lives."
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Jake's father Maurice revealed his son's organs had been donated to others after his death.
Jake was also described by his father as a “bundle of mischief” who was never malicious, unkind or deliberately mean.
Mr Kemp said: “Since Jake’s death, we as a family have had to persevere through extreme adversity despite being overwhelmed with sadness.”
The father-of-five said the family had agreed to donate his son’s organs after all efforts to save him failed.
“Jake was young and healthy, he had a big heart,” he said. “We were grateful Jake was able to give the gift of life to others.
“Jake helped so many people improve the quality of their lives, it was Jake’s final act of generosity.”
DI Jason Fitzpatrick, a murder detective within Specialist Crime, who investigated the case said: “This case shows how actions have consequences and for Nabiev that is now 14 years behind bars.
“I hope that this offers some relief to Jake’s family who have remained stoic throughout this entire process.
"Their son was taken from them in such a cruel and awful way and they continue to have our support as they begin their grieving process.”
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