Driver ‘intended to kill’ group of friends in incident said to be 'like scene from Grand Theft Auto'
A DRIVER was intending to kill a Bolton man and his friends as they crossed a road, a court has been told.
Michael Ward was left with serious injuries after a car ploughed into him in Manchester city centre.
The court earlier heard that the incident was "like a scene from Grand Theft Auto".
On the third day of a trial at Manchester Crown Court final speeches were made by prosecution and defence counsel.
The previous day, Aqab Hussain, who is alleged to have been the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa which ploughed into Mr Ward on August 21 last year, opted not to give evidence in his own defence.
The court had heard how Hussain, aged 21, of Gateshead Close, Rusholme, was among of a group of men involved in a fight with Mr Ward and his friends outside Silks lapdancing club in Albert Square, Manchester.
Street cleaner, Luke Bates, told the court how he saw a young Asian man, wearing a long-sleeved grey top, run within feet of him and then a minute later a man wearing the some top was the driver of a Corsa, which hit Mr Ward and his friends.
Hussain denies being the car driver and has pleaded not guilty to four counts of the attempted murder of Michael Ward, Paul Hulme, Martin Harris and Thomas Mallanphy and two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Ward and Mr Hulme.
Paul O’Brien, defending told the jury that the case hangs on the eyewitness account of Mr Bates, who only saw the driver momentarily and at night.
The jury will return to court on Wednesday next week to hear the case summed up.