Driver sentenced to life term for murdering pedestrian after trivial row


killer-driver caught on CCTV as he deliberately steered towards his victim has been ordered to serve life with a minimum term of 20 years.

Tony Green claimed he did not realise he was in reverse gear when he mounted a pavement and smashed into a signpost, which toppled to cause Shkelzan Taka a “horrific” fatal head wound on Boxing Day last year.

But jurors at Birmingham Crown Court found the recycling machine operator guilty of murder on Monday following just an hour of deliberations, after seeing footage of the 27-year-old jumping on the windscreen of Mr Taka’s BMW

Tony Green seen in a custody image taken after his arrest on December 28. (West Midlands Police/PA)

A security camera also recorded Green, formerly of Suffield Grove, Erdington, Birmingham, reversing his Skoda Octavia into the BMW, before running over 28-year-old Mr Taka, who had attempted to strike out with a metal bar.

Mr Taka, who came to Britain from Albania as a child, died almost instantly at the scene in the early hours and was later found by a passer-by.

Opening the Crown’s case at the start of a six-day trial, prosecutor Adrian Keeling QC said Green and Mr Taka had both visited a massage parlour before an “interaction” between them in Coton Lane, Erdington.

Passing sentence on Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC, the Recorder of Birmingham, said the killing in the early hours had been “starkly visible” in CCTV of the incident.

The judge told Green, who has previous convictions for abstracting electricity, possessing cannabis and handling stolen goods: “From the speed and determination (of the driving) I am sure you intended to kill him.

“Catastrophic injury was virtually inevitable. There is therefore no mitigation from any lesser intention.

“The circumstances of Mr Taka’s death were truly horrific and must be reflected.”

The judge added that he was sure Mr Taka had not made any offensive remark to Green, who was in “a violent and aggressive state” and trying to provoke violence, prior to the incident.

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