A learner driver killed a shopper by deliberately swerving into him in a row at a Sainsbury’s car park, a court heard.
Timothy Higgins, 22, wanted to ‘scare’ Christopher Gadd, 48, after his VW Passat blocked him from leaving his parking space.
Higgins told police he deliberately drove towards Mr Gadd in his Land Rover Freelander to ‘s*** him up’, a jury at Cardiff Crown Court was told.
The farm worker, whose brother Paul was also in the car, suffered a ‘significant’ head injury and died moments after the collision in Pontllanfraith, South Wales, on March 4.
Jurors will be shown CCTV of Mr Gadd falling backwards and suffering banging his head.
Timothy Higgins, 22, (right outside court today ) wanted to ‘scare’ Christopher Gadd, 48, (left) after his VW Passat blocked him from leaving his parking space.
David (left) and Paul Gadd (right), the brothers of the victim outside Cardiff Crown Court today
Paul Gadd, the brother of the victim was pictured smoking outside Cardiff Crown Court today
David Gadd (pictured outside court today in a black suit) also attended the trial in Cardiff
Shoppers and supermarket workers ran to give first aid but he died at the scene.
Prosecutor Owen Williams said: ‘Mr Gadd was with his brother Paul in a silver VW Passat – they were going to do some shopping.
‘Paul Gadd, who was driving, positioned the car so that the defendant was unable to reverse out of the spot where he was parked.
‘Mr Higgins became annoyed, they gestured at each other. The V-sign was used.
‘Christopher Gadd got out of the vehicle and shouted at the defendant.’
Higgins drove away with his girlfriend Nia Bailey in the passenger seat.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Mr Gadd walked across car park carriageways to ‘continue remonstrating’ with Higgins.
Pictured: Timothy Higgins, 22, denies manslaughter and is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court
Mr Williams said: ‘As he approached Mr Higgins car he deliberately swerved the motor vehicle to the right in order to drive at Christopher Gadd.
‘As a result the Land Rover Freelander collided with Mr Gadd in a glancing blow.
‘Despite the best efforts of members of the public, members of staff at the supermarket, police and paramedics he lost his life at 4pm that afternoon.’
A woman shopper saw Higgins ‘turn into the man’ at the supermarket car park at Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, South Wales, the jury was told.
The court heard window fitter Higgins only had a provisional license at the time of the accident and was uninsured to drive the Freelander.
Shoppers and supermarket workers ran to give first aid but he died at the scene. Pictured is an air ambulance that landed nearby
Timothy Higgins, 22, is accused of ‘swerving deliberately’ to hit farmer Christopher Gadd, 48. Pictured: the air ambulance outside the supermarket
Mr Williams said: ‘The prosecution do not contend that the defendant deliberately meant to kill Mr Gadd but he deliberately drove the vehicle in an unlawful act.’
The jury was warned that the CCTV from the supermarket car park would not be ‘an easy watch’.
Mr Gadd suffered blunt force injuries and complex fractures of the skull and brain haemorrhages.
Higgins of Wyllie, Blackwood, Caerphilly, denies manslaughter, causing death by driving while uninsured and not having a valid license.
In police interviews Higgins denied any wrong-doing saying he had not deliberately driven at Mr Gadd.
He said two males in the car behind him were swearing and sticking their fingers up at him.
Higgins said the men were ‘aggressive, shouting and screaming’ and he feared for the safety of his girlfriend.
He claims he saw Mr Gadd jogging towards him but he continued driving in a straight line when he heard a ‘thud’.
The prosecution said Higgins later made a significant admission that he deliberately swerved at him to ‘s*** him up’.
Mr Williams said: ‘By that he meant to put the s***s up him, to scare him.’
The trial continues.
Sainsbury’s in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, South Wales, is pictured with an air ambulance at the scene on March 4