Pizza delivery driver jailed for 14 years for running over and killing man after wing mirror was broken

Will Taylor
News Reporter
Uran Nabiev was found guilty of manslaughter. (CPS/PA)

A pizza delivery driver has been jailed for 14 years for driving over and killing a young man in a “grotesque and wholly unwarranted overreaction” after his wing mirror was broken.

Uran Nabiev, 63, had been at home drinking vodka early on 19 October last year when Jake Kemp, 26, drunkenly punched out at his parked Toyota Prius.

Kemp had been walking along the street with friend John Ambler, 33, in Erith, south London.

When Nabiev noticed the damage, he got into his car, steered towards the two men, injured Ambler and then drove over Kemp after he fell to the pavement.

Kemp was dragged for nine metres before ending up face down in a pool of blood. He had suffered a serious head injury and died in hospital three days later.

A jury deliberated for more than 19 hours to find Nabiev guilty of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced on Tuesday to a total of 14 years in prison and disqualified from driving for five years upon his release.

CCTV showed Uran Nabiev's Toyota Prius driving towards a man on Bexley Road, in Erith, south-east London. (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Nabiev had taken "the law into his own hands”, the Old Bailey heard.

Judge Richard Marks QC rejected Nabiev's claim that he only meant to "scare" the young men, having viewed graphic CCTV of the incident in Bickley Road.

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.

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In a victim impact statement, Kemp was described by his father as a "bundle of mischief" who was never malicious, unkind or deliberately mean.

Maurice 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."

Jake Kemp, 26, who was killed when he was mowed down by Uran Nabiev in the early hours of 19 October last year. (CPS/PA)

Graphic CCTV footage showed father-of-one Nabiev driving up to Kemp and Ambler, revving his engine and mounting the pavement.

Ambler was caught on the arm and Kemp tried to run off, but was chased by Nabiev who reversed and mounted the other pavement.

Kemp stumbled over and fell to the ground seconds before Nabiev drove over him.

Nabiev drove to a friend’s house “shaking, panicking and slurring his words”, the court was told, telling them: “Thief, thief. They broke the car.”

He fled to his native Azerbaijan but was arrested when he returned to the UK in November.

Uran Nabiev's Toyota Prius, the wing mirror of which was broken off. (CPS/PA)

Previously, prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC had said Nabiev “took the law into his own hands with tragic consequences”.

Nabiev denied intending to kill Kemp, and said he could not recall that part of the incident and his collision with Ambler was an accident.

Emma Currie, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “This was a senseless act of violence that should have been avoided.

“Although Uran Nabiev claimed that the collisions were accidental, the prosecution case included strong CCTV evidence which captured the attack from start to finish, and in which it appeared that Nabiev deliberately drove into both victims.

“It also featured a compelling collision examination report which suggested that Nabiev not only drove at Mr Kemp, but accelerated as he did so.

“Despite also stating that his only intention was to speak to the victims about paying for the damage to his wing mirror, Nabiev ended up killing one and injuring the other.

“He took matters into his own hands by using his car as a weapon. This proved to have tragic consequences.”