Chris Marriott murder trial Sheffield: Accused man 'thought he had killed his mum and sister'

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A man accused of murdering a "Good Samaritan" who was run over as he stopped to help a stranger told a court he "felt like a monster" after mistakenly thinking he had killed his mother and sister.

Hassan Jhangur had armed himself with a knife when he turned up at a house in Sheffield where one of his sisters, Amaani Jhangur, was celebrating her marriage to Hasan Khan earlier that day.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the 24-year-old hit five people with his car, including his mother and older sister Nafeesa, whom he said he had gone to help during the incident on December 27, 2023.

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Chris Marriott, 46, who was out for a walk and had stopped to help Nafeesa Jhangur as she lay on the ground following an argument, was killed instantly when he was hit by the car.

Jurors have heard that Jhangur then got out of the car and attacked his new brother-in-law, Mr Khan, with the knife.

On Tuesday, Jhangur told his trial he "lost control" of the car as he took the corner into the Khans' street "too fast" and had no idea anyone was under the vehicle.

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Jurors have heard that Amaani Jhangur had fallen out with her family about the wedding and they did not attend, but her mother and sister later turned up at the Khans' house and started throwing items on to the driveway.

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An argument between these women and the Khan family led to Nafeesa Jhangur falling to the ground, it was said.

Mr Marriott, who was out for a walk, he stopped to help, and was one of a group of people hit by Jhangur as he drove into the street "at some speed".

Prosecutors say Jhangur first hit Hasan Khan's father, Riasat Khan, who was sent "cartwheeling" over the bonnet, before "driving right over" Mr Marriott and Nafeesa Jhangur.

He also collided with his mother, Ambreen Jhangur, and Alison Norris, a passing off-duty midwife.

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Giving evidence on Tuesday, Jhangur said the family had concerns about Hasan Khan "controlling" Amaani, and claimed he had been "abusive" about the other Jhangur sisters during a phone call leading up to the wedding.

Jhangur said that on the afternoon of the wedding he was woken up by members of his family "screaming and shouting" that "they've hit Nafeesa".

He told the court: "I panicked. I'm shocked, I'm concerned for my sister's safety. I thought 'I'll need to protect her'."

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Jhangur said he got dressed and picked up a knife to take to the scene, telling jurors he took the weapon because he thought there would be other Khan male relatives there.

"I had a gut feeling that if males are involved I'm going to be outmanned," he told the jury.

Asked if he intended to kill or cause serious harm to anybody, Jhangur replied: "Not at all."

The defendant said he lost control of the car, which "pulled to the right" as it turned into College Court.

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He said he only saw Riasat Khan "at the last second" before hitting him, and did not realise who he was at the time.

Jhangur said when he got out of the car he saw a woman in a blue jacket on the ground in front of the car, and his sister Nafeesa underneath the vehicle.

"I was panicked, I was screaming for help," he said.

He told the court he saw Hasan Khan with a metal baseball bat in his hand, "focusing on" his other sister, Humaria Jhangur, and punched him because he thought he was going to swing it at her.

Jhangur said he started "taking blows to the back of the head" and took the knife from his pocket, "swinging it" without knowing where it was hitting.

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Asked if he knew he had hit Hasan Khan with the knife, Jhangur said: "Yeah, I was swinging my hands at him so I gathered that I must have hit him."

The defendant said he was told at the scene that Ambreen had also been hit by the car, and when he was arrested for murder he believed he had killed his mother and sister.

"I had no idea anyone else was underneath the car," he said.

"I was upset, I felt angry with myself, thinking 'What have I just done?'"

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"I felt like a monster, thinking 'Why was I driving fast?' I should have slowed down, I wish I had just parked around the corner."

Asked how he felt when he found out about Mr Marriott's death, Jhangur said: "I felt sympathy. Me driving dangerously has taken a life.

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"I felt sympathy for him, his family, his friends, I thought 'What if he's got kids that have now got to grow up without a dad?'

"That one mistake I made has taken a life. I felt evil, I felt like a monster. I didn't feel good because it's not who I am."

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Jhangur, of Whiteways Road, 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 Ms Norris, Ambreen Jhangur, Nafeesa Jhangur and Riasat Khan by dangerous driving.

Jhangur 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.

Jhangur's father, Mohammed Jhangur, 56, of Whiteways Road, Sheffield , denies perverting the course of justice. The charge relates to him allegedly concealing a knife.

The trial continues.

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