Man killed helping stranger amid wedding feud violence, court hears

<span>Chris Marriott with his wife Bryony Marriott. Chris died instantly when he tried to help Nafeesa Jhangur, who was seriously injured alongside five others.</span><span>Photograph: Family Handout/PA</span>
Chris Marriott with his wife Bryony Marriott. Chris died instantly when he tried to help Nafeesa Jhangur, who was seriously injured alongside five others.Photograph: Family Handout/PA

A man was killed as he tried to help a stranger apparently injured during a feud between two families over a wedding, a court has heard.

Chris Marriott, 46, died after going to the aid of a woman lying motionless in the street, a jury at Sheffield crown court was told on Tuesday.

The prosecutor Tom Storey KC said Marriott was killed by a car driven and “used as a weapon” by the defendant Hassan Jhangur, 24.

Marriott died instantly and the woman he was helping, the defendant’s sister Nafeesa Jhangur, was seriously injured.

Jhangur has denied the murder and manslaughter of Marriott but admitted causing his death by dangerous driving, the jury heard.

Storey said the background to the events which took place on 27 December last year was a dispute between two families over a wedding that took place that morning between Hasan Khan and Amani Jhangur, a sister of the accused.

Marriott had been out for a post-Christmas walk with his wife and family. One of his children wanted to try out a new skateboard.

After spotting a woman apparently lying motionless in the street Marriott went to help along with Alison Norris, a passing off-duty midwife.

Storey said that Jhangur drove his Seat Ibiza car towards people in the street before getting out of the car and attacking Hasan Khan with a knife, causing serious injuries.

The jury heard that the car first hit Riasat Khan, father of Hasan, who was sent “cartwheeling” over the bonnet.

The prosecutor said: “The Seat Ibiza drove right over Chris Marriott, almost certainly killing him instantly.

“It also drove over Nafeesa Jhangur, who was very seriously injured, and it either drove over or collided with both Ambreen Jhangur (the defendant’s mother) and Alison Norris, both of whom were seriously injured.

“Once his vehicle had come to a halt, Hassan Jhangur got out of it, armed with a knife which he then used to stab the son of Riasat Khan, Hasan Khan, stabbing him several times to the side of his head and to the left side of his chest, puncturing his lung in the process.”

Storey said: “Hassan Jhangur’s actions demonstrate that he intended to kill that day. His primary target seems to have been Hasan Khan, but he was clearly prepared to use his car as a weapon, intending to cause at least really serious harm to others.”

The jury heard that Amaani Jhangur had fallen out with her family about the wedding and they did not attend.

As the Khan family celebrated the wedding at their Sheffield home, Ambreen Jhangur, the mother of the bride, arrived and dumped a bag of clothes on the drive in bin liners before driving off.

Later, she returned with her daughter Nafeesa, again throwing items on to the drive.

The prosecutor said that an argument developed which led to grappling and Nafeesa falling to the ground.

Jhangur also denies attempting to murder Hasan Khan and wounding him with intent. He has pleaded not guilty to four charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He has admitted causing serious injury to Alison Norris, Ambreen Jhangur, Nafeesa Jhangur and Riasat Khan by dangerous driving.

Jhangur appeared in the dock alongside his father, Mohammed Jhangur, 56, who denies perverting the course of justice. The charge relates to him allegedly concealing a knife.

The trial continues.