Good samaritan killed after intervening in wedding feud, court hears

Chris Marriott, pictured with his wife, Bryony, died after the incident in December 2023
Chris Marriott, pictured with his wife, Bryony, died after the incident in December 2023 - Family Handout/PA

A good samaritan who intervened in a wedding feud was killed when the bride’s brother used a car “as a weapon”, a court has heard.

Chris Marriott, 46, was helping Nafeesa Jhangur when they were driven over by a Seat Ibiza car driven by her brother Hassan Jhangur, 24, Sheffield Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Tom Storey KC, prosecuting, told jurors that Jhangur, who denies murder, hit five people when he ploughed into them in College Court, Sheffield, before getting out of the vehicle and attacking another man with a knife, leaving him with serious injuries.

Mr Storey explained the background to the incident was a dispute between the defendant’s family and the Khan family following the marriage that morning of Jhangur’s sister, Amaani, to Hasan Khan - the man he stabbed a number of times after the car crashed.

Mr Storey told the jury that Nafeesa Jhangur ended up lying on the street following a confrontation between her and members of the Khan family on the morning of Dec 27 2023, following the wedding of Hasan Khan and Amaani Jhangur.

He said Amaani Jhangur had fallen out with her family about the wedding and they did not attend.

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

Later, she returned to the address with her daughter, Nafeesa, again throwing items onto the drive, jurors heard.

Argument developed

The prosecutor said that an argument developed between these two women and members of the Khan family which led to Nafeesa falling to the floor.

He said Mr Marriott and his family had just returned from a Christmas break with his in-laws and were out for a walk as one of his children wanted to try out a new skateboard.

Mr Storey said the defendant appears to have been alerted to what was happening in College Court and headed round in his Seat.

He said Riasat Khan was standing in the middle of the road speaking to a 999 operator.

The prosecutor said “he would have been clearly visible to an approaching motorist” but was hit by Jhangur who “drove straight at him”, throwing Mr Khan onto the bonnet of the vehicle, his head appearing to strike the windscreen.

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“He was then cartwheeled over the roof of the vehicle, as it continued beneath him without apparently braking or deviating from its path,” Mr Storey said.

The Seat then collided with the group around Nafeesa Jhangur, he said.

He explained how the defendant “had left the vehicle pretty much as soon as it came to a halt” just as Hasan Khan was returning from a walk.

The prosecutor said Mr Jhangur “made a beeline” for Mr Khan and stabbed him multiple times.

Mr Jhangur from Sheffield, denies the murder and manslaughter of Mr Marriott but the jury was told he has pleaded guilty to causing Mr Marriott’s death by dangerous driving.

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

Mr Jhangur also denies attempting to murder Hasan Khan and wounding him with intent.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to four charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Mr Jhangur appeared in the dock alongside his father, Mohammed Jhangur, 56, of Whiteways Road, in Sheffield, who denies perverting the course of justice.

The charge relates to him allegedly concealing a knife.

The trial continues.