Dash-Cam Footage Helps to Convict Lorry Driver of Murder

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A lorry driver was convicted of murdering another motorist two months after he behaved like a “predator” in an earlier road rage attack caught on camera. Mark Slater, 46, drove his 17 tonne truck over the head of grandfather Trevor Allen, 56, whose brain “exploded” after he had stood in front of his killer’s vehicle when the pair clashed while driving along the A57 near Warrington in February. Slater claimed he did not see Mr Allen, from Swinton, Salford, standing in front of his DAF truck and trailer, Chester Crown Court heard. But the jury were shown “dash-cam” footage of a road-rage attack carried out by Slater in December 2013, who the jury heard was a “coward” but became a “big man” and a “bully” behind the wheel of his truck. Slater was convicted by the jury following three and a half hour deliberations at the end of a week long trial.

Damning evidence showed the lorry driver from Oldham laughing and jumping up and down after punching and kicking the car of another motorist. Two months later Slater and Mr Allen became involved in a row while both driving along the A57 on the outskirts of Warrington, around 8am on February 15 this year. Both drivers had come to a halt on the single carriageway road with Mr Allen out of his van and standing in front of the lorry with his arms outstretched. It would have been “obvious” to Slater that Mr Allen, a “well nourished” man of 16 stones and wearing a high viz jacket, was in front of him, the court heard. Forensic examination showed the victim was dragged underneath with his head in the area of the front driver’s-side wheel. A roadside witness shouted at Slater: “You’ve f****** killed him!” After running over his victim Slater stopped a short distance up the road and spoke to Simon Feltham, who stopped his own car to dial 999.

Slater claimed Mr Allen had been “throwing things” at his lorry and it, “all started down at the lights,” the court heard. Slater said they were involved in an “over-taking session” and claimed the dead man had thrown coins at the window of his cab. The taco-graph tracking the lorry’s movements before the fatal incident showed Slater pulling emergency brakes and “flooring” the vehicle to its maximum 54mph – exceeding the road’s 40mph limit. After Mr Allen’s death, his family, in a tribute said: “Trevor was an amazing, caring dad, granddad, brother, uncle, son and friend to many.

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