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Clubbed who ploughed 4x4 into dancefloor convicted of attempted murder



Pictured: Clubber who seriously injured two when he ploughed his car onto dancefloor in revenge after bouncers threw him out of club as he is found guilty of attempted murder

  • Mohammed Abdul, 21, ploughed his 4x4 into Blake's nightclub, Gravesend, Kent
  • He had been ejected 10 minutes earlier for being drunk and threatened doorstaff
  • Drove into an alley and smashed his Suzuki Vitara into crowd injuring 8 people
  • An 18-year-old girl suffered a shattered pelvis and a man, 32, a broken shinbone 
  • Abdul charged with two counts of attempted murder at Maidstone Crown Court

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

Published: 09:03 EST, 9 January 2019 | Updated: 10:20 EST, 9 January 2019

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Mohammed Abdul told doorstaff he would come back and 'kill you guys' as he was ejected from Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent. He was convicted of attempted murder
Mohammed Abdul told doorstaff he would come back and 'kill you guys' as he was ejected from Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent. He was convicted of attempted murder

Mohammed Abdul told doorstaff he would come back and 'kill you guys' as he was ejected from Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent. He was convicted of attempted murder

A clubber who ploughed his car onto a dancefloor full of revellers 'knocking them over like dominoes' in revenge after bouncers threw him out of the club has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Mohammed Abdul told door-staff he would come back and 'kill you guys' as he was ejected from Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, shortly before midnight on March 17, last year. 

Abdul, 21, who claimed to have smoked five joints and drunk up to 15 vodka mixers, plus tequila shots, returned within 10 minutes in his Suzuki Vitara, telling bouncers 'I told you I'd be back'. 

He then manoeuvred the car, for which he only held a provisional licence, into a narrow alleyway at the side of the club before smashing through closed metal gates and accelerating into a marquee area at the rear of the club injuring eight people.

Revellers, who had been waiting for a guest appearance of rap artist Giggs were sent sprawling 'like dominoes' on impact, Maidstone Crown Court was told.

In CCTV footage shown in court, security guards can be seen trying to stop the vehicle which accelerates into partygoers at Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent
In CCTV footage shown in court, security guards can be seen trying to stop the vehicle which accelerates into partygoers at Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent

In CCTV footage shown in court, security guards can be seen trying to stop the vehicle which accelerates into partygoers at Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent

Cameraman Pierre Jermaine Joseph was at the venue to film the rapper. The 32-year-old was pinned against the marquee and suffered a fractured shinbone and knee.

Serious injuries were also caused to Katie Wells, then 18, who went under the vehicle and suffered a fractured pelvis and bruising to her left arm and legs.

She later recalled hearing 'a massive bang' before being hit by the front passenger side of the Vitara. Tyre marks were left on her thighs.

Abdul, of Deptford, south east London, was arrested at the scene after being restrained by clubbers and door staff.

He denied two offences of attempting to murder persons in the vicinity of the nightclub but was convicted of both charges after just 90 minutes' deliberation.

The two offences related to people in the alleyway and those in the marquee. He had already pleaded guilty to two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to Mr Joseph and Miss Wells ahead of his trial.

Mohamed Adul knocks into revellers with his 4x4 on a packed dancefloor injuring eight people in revenge for being thrown out by door staff
Mohamed Adul knocks into revellers with his 4x4 on a packed dancefloor injuring eight people in revenge for being thrown out by door staff

Mohamed Adul knocks into revellers with his 4x4 on a packed dancefloor injuring eight people in revenge for being thrown out by door staff

High Court Judge Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb is expected to pass sentence tomorrow morning.

Opening the case for the prosecution on Monday January 7, Simon Taylor told the jury of 10 men and two women there was 'an obvious intention' to kill.

'Why else deliberately drive at speed into a group of defenceless people offering no threat at all? The Crown's case here is that in reality the defendant could have had no other intention whatsoever,' he said.

'This course of conduct involved him using his car as a weapon by deliberately driving at a large group of people who were trying to enjoy a night out in Blake's nightclub.

Abdul drove his 4x4 down the side alley next to Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, and ploughed into crowds in a marquee and dancefloor behind after being ejected for being drunk
Abdul drove his 4x4 down the side alley next to Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, and ploughed into crowds in a marquee and dancefloor behind after being ejected for being drunk

Abdul drove his 4x4 down the side alley next to Blake's nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, and ploughed into crowds in a marquee and dancefloor behind after being ejected for being drunk

'The manner in which the defendant drove was not short in either duration or distance. It was a determined and indiscriminate effort to cause death to those people present.

'Mercifully, and no thanks to the defendant, death was not caused by his driving but serious injury was.'

Shocking CCTV footage which captured Abdul's action that night as more than 500 people partied 'spoke volumes', added the prosecutor.

Nine minutes long, it showed his ejection from the club, returning in the Vitara and then the dramatic moment the car ploughed past bollards, hitting doorman Greg Perzanowski who landed on the bonnet and rolled over the windscreen.

CCTV footage played in court was also said to 'speak volumes' as to what Abdul intended that night
CCTV footage played in court was also said to 'speak volumes' as to what Abdul intended that night

CCTV footage played in court was also said to 'speak volumes' as to what Abdul intended that night

It then careered through the gates and past a busy smoking area. One doorman later described the car swerving 'all over the place' and deliberately trying to hit as many people as possible.

Clubbers screamed and staff shouted warnings. Several had to dive for safety, the court heard, and one young woman who fell to the ground was dragged away by a bouncer within inches of the vehicle hurtling towards her.

The 4x4 reached the marquee entrance where the vehicle's headlights could be seen as it stopped for nine seconds before accelerating into the unsuspecting revellers on the busy chequered dancefloor.

Witnesses later told police they thought the noise they heard was part of Giggs's arrival.

Abdul, of Deptford, south east London, was arrested at the club after being restrained by clubbers and door staff - but denies attempted murder
Abdul, of Deptford, south east London, was arrested at the club after being restrained by clubbers and door staff - but denies attempted murder

Abdul, of Deptford, south east London, was arrested at the club after being restrained by clubbers and door staff - but denies attempted murder

'Tyre marks were left by the vehicle as it careered into the marquee. It then reversed, the Crown say, to line up another strike at the occupants of the marquee but that was fortunately stopped by the intervention of clubbers and members of staff,' said Mr Taylor.

The court was told the incident was not terror-related but motivated by 'revenge and anger' after Abdul was thrown out at about 11.40pm on Saturday, March 17 last year for his 'apparent intoxication' from drink or drugs.

His eyes were glazed, he smelt of alcohol, and customers had also complained about his 'demeanour and conduct', said the prosecutor.

It was his first visit to Blake's and he had gone specifically with a friend to see the rapper perform.

Mr Taylor said the 'tight' manoeuvre by the Vitara from the road into the alleyway was 'careful and deliberate', demonstrating a 'considered piece of driving'.

On hearing the revving engine, doorman Peter Muro told the court he realised the danger and quickly reacted to pull open the driver's door and grab Abdul by his clothing.

However, the car accelerated away from him and towards the tented area. Abdul drove across the dancefloor for up to 10 metres and at considerable speed, striking a number of people who had no time to react, said Mr Taylor.

One woman dislocated her knee as people scrambled out of the way and tried to flee, screaming and shouting in panic. Others, including people in the alleyway, were left with bruising and cuts.

Miss Wells was in the marquee when she heard the car revving and described it 'launching' towards her. She was hit with force to her left-hand side, her shoes came off and she found herself under the vehicle before being pulled out to safety.

Abdul then reversed the 4x4 several metres, pinning Mr Joseph by both legs to the side of the marquee, the court was told.

The vehicle lurched forward again before people surrounded it, smashed windows with cocktail tables and dragged him from the driver's seat by his hair.

The court heard he was 'abusive and uncooperative' to both officers and paramedics treating him for his own injuries, some caused by those who had restrained him.

He later replied no comment when interviewed and initially refused to give a blood sample. By the time one was taken 14 hours after the incident it was impossible to determine whether he had been intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

But giving evidence on Tuesday (Jan 8), Abdul said he had only gone back to Blake's that night to cause the doormen 'a bit of grief' because he felt 'embarrassed and humiliated' by how they ejected him.

He added he then panicked in his intoxicated state when the bouncers became hostile, and was simply looking for a way out when he drove down the alleyway and into the tented area.

Abdul, who lives with his parents and has six siblings, has no previous convictions but two cautions for criminal damage and possessing cannabis.

He came to the UK from Nairobi shortly before his first birthday and left school with eight GCSEs to work various office and warehouse jobs.

He told the court he was a regular cannabis user but the night he drove into Blake's was only the fifth time he had had alcohol.

His father, a London black cab driver, was in court to support his son.

Abdul was originally tried in September last year but the jury on that occasion was discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

More to follow including victim impact statement from Katie Wells.

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