Murder? Fuck off…
According to reports at the time, he did it very deliberately because she was annoying him. Not so comedy now, hm?
I read the Stockwell News piece before the post – I still don’t think legally or morally, that not preventing someone from committing suicide counts as murder. Walking in front of a moving truck counts as attempted suicide.
Can’t help but feel this is post-Macpherson pandering, which’ll be rightly laughed out of court once the police have done their “appeasing the community” bit.
I got the impression that he had stopped, or at least slowed down, and when she made it clear she wasn’t going to move, he got angry and deliberately drove over her. Otherwise the whole ‘taunting’ angle doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Whatever the case, in general, it seems as though he knew at some level what he was doing and still did it.
I was on my bike the other day having just had a verbal argument with a driver who then tried to sideswipe me while his mate leaned out the window with some kind of implement and took a swing. Luckily I saw him coming and swerved out of the way. It’s not the first time something like this has happened to me, and I’m not a particularly inflammatory cyclist, being inclined to obey red lights and so on. The police didn’t quite know what to do with this, despite the fact it was on a road with plenty of CCTV because he hadn’t actually hit me. If he had, of course, there’s a good chance I would have been seriously injured but it would probably still have been dangerous driving rather than GBH or attempted murder, purely because he was in a car and proving intent is difficult.
While of course most collisions are accidents, I don’t think that automatically giving drivers the benefit of the doubt is always appropriate, particularly when there seems to be eyewitness testimony that contradicts this.
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