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Witness describes car hitting man in Rickmansworth

A man has described seeing his friend "flung into the air" by car which mounted the pavement in a Hertfordshire town.

Nathan Rutter, 20, of Longlees, in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire is accused of driving a car at Michael Robb in Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, on 5 May.

Mr Rutter denies attempting to murder Mr Robb and an alternative charge of causing GBH with intent.

The jury at St Albans Crown Court heard he had admitted dangerous driving.

'Enduring brain injuries'

The court heard that Mr Rutter was angry that Mr Robb and three friends, who had travelled down from Aberdeen to watch Watford play Leeds, had been staring at his girlfriend.

Outside a kebab shop in Uxbridge Road there was an altercation which was broken up by a member of the shop staff.

Mr Rutter was allegedly so angry he got into his black Vauxhall Astra and drove at the men as they walked away.

The impact left Mr Robb with "enduring" brain injuries, said prosecutor Michael Speak.

'Row over girl'

Michael Wilson, one of Mr Robb's friends, told the jury: "A girl came into the shop. Michael Robb said something to her and she might have taken offence.

"She said something back. Shortly after that a gentleman came in and words were exchanged between Michael and him.

"We all went to leave. They walked through us and I got barged."

Mr Wilson said they were in the street when the car came from behind him clipping his left elbow and hip before striking Mr Robb.

He said: "Michael was flung into the air. He went onto the bonnet. He was lifeless. The car veered to the left and went back onto the road."

Cross-examined by Tim Clarke, defending, he agreed they had been drinking quite heavily and were quite drunk in the kebab shop.

The case continues.

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