Valerijs Grigorjevs 'murdered Ibrahim Youseuf before crash'

  • 25 June 2014
  • From the section England
Scene of the crash
Image caption Valerijs Grigorjevs suffered fatal injuries after swerving into the path of an oncoming lorry on the A350 near Trowbridge

A car wash worker died in a head-on crash hours after probably murdering his boss, an inquest has heard.

Valerijs Grigorjevs, 27, suffered fatal injuries after swerving into the path of an oncoming lorry near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in October last year.

Police traced the ownership of the Toyota Yaris he was driving to Ibrahim Yousef, 42, the owner of Five Star Car Wash in Boscombe, Dorset.

Mr Yousef's body was found at his flat wrapped in a duvet.

'Row over £20'

Dorset Coroner's Court heard Mr Yousef suffered stab wounds to his chest and neck, as well as multiple blunt force impacts to his head, in an attack the previous evening.

His body was discovered by police on the floor of his bedroom, surrounded by a large amount of blood.

Neighbours who lived above Mr Yousef told the inquest they heard "thudding" noises and a man shouting "give me my money" over the sum of £20, at about 20:00 BST on 10 October.

Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne said one neighbour "was of the opinion that someone's head was being banged against the floor".

The inquest heard Mr Grigorjevs, who had walked out of his job at the car wash the previous day, is the only suspect in the murder of Mr Yousef.

Forensic evidence matched Latvian Mr Grigorjevs to the murder scene, and a bum bag Mr Yousef used to hold the car wash's takings was found emptied on his bed.

'Head banged'

Mr Payne reached a verdict of unlawful death for Mr Yousef, of Gloucester Road, Boscombe, and a narrative verdict for Mr Grigorjevs, of Heathcote Road, Boscombe.

He said he was not able, in his role as coroner, to decide who had killed Mr Yousef, but said evidence, including a clear bloody handprint belonging to Mr Grigorjevs, was found at the scene.

"The strength of the forensic evidence is such that the Crown Prosecution Service say that they would charge Mr Grigorjevs with the murder of Mr Yousef," he added.

"The assumption is Mr Grigorjevs went round to Mr Yousef's flat demanding money and for some reason or another that was not paid and he reacted violently."

Mr Payne said he could not be sure Mr Grigorjevs, who was travelling at about 60mph (96km/h) when he crashed on the A350, had intended to take his own life by driving into the articulated lorry.

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