Screaming dad-of-two killed after being ‘dragged for half a mile under car’
A screaming dad-of-two was killed after he was dragged for half a mile under a car, a court heard.
Liam Dent, 25, was trapped beneath the wheels of a Ford S-Max allegedly driven by 20-year-old Martin Eastwood in Moor Lane, Chessington, Surrey, on July 26, 2019.
Eastwood and 21-year-old Daniel Morris had become involved in an argument with Mr Dent outside the Lucky Rover pub, the Old Bailey heard.
The pair left briefly but returned in two cars, it was said.
Eastwood was allegedly driving the Ford while Morris was in a BMW, the court heard.
Judge Anthony Leonard said: “The cars stopped and there was a verbal exchange with the deceased and one of the two cars moved forward.
“The person who went under the car was Mr Dent. There is evidence to suggest that the drivers of both cars were aware they were dragging a body. One of the cars was used to dislodge the body.”
Michelle Nelson, QC, prosecuting, said: “Liam Dent went underneath the car and was dragged half a mile under the car. Liam Dent was alive, he was screaming and the two cars stopped.
“The three occupants got out of the car and began to look at the base of the Ford S-Max before getting back in and driving off. Liam Dent’s body was dislodged and left in the road.”
Police officers later found the Ford burnt out near to the scene.
Eastwood and Morris, both of no fixed address, are both charged with murder.
A third defendant Jasmine Robinson, 18, of Epsom, Surrey, is accused of assisting an offender.
She allegedly bought a train ticket under a false name for Eastwood to take him to his old hometown of Sheffield.
Robinson was granted bail while Eastwood and Morris were remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at the Old Bailey on 15 January 2021.
Mr Dent was setting up a mobile Caribbean street food business called Pull Up, Fill Up at the time of his death.
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