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Mohammed Abdul 'drove into Blake's nightclub to kill'

Police outside Blake's nightclub, Gravesend Image copyright PA
Image caption Eight people were injured in the incident at Blake's

A man drove at a large group of people in a nightclub marquee in an attempt to cause carnage and death, a court heard.

Mohammed Abdul, from Deptford, south-east London, drove a Suzuki Vitara across the dancefloor at speed, prosecutors said.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the car hit a number of people who were thrown on to the bonnet and then to the floor.

Mr Abdul, 21, denies attempted murder and causing GBH with intent at Blake's in Gravesend, Kent, on 17 March.

Eight people were injured in the incident, the court heard.

At about 23:40 GMT, door staff had asked Mr Abdul to leave the club in Queen Street because he appeared drunk, jurors were told.

The court heard he responded with threats and told doorman Peter Muro: "If I can't come in I'm going to come back and shut this place down and kill you guys."

About 10 minutes later, he returned to drive the car "at speed" down an alleyway and into the marquee, hitting several people, after which he reversed the vehicle, prosecutor Simon Taylor said.

'Intention to kill'

Mr Abdul was pulled from the driver's seat and detained by door staff, the court was told.

Mr Taylor said: "It was a determined and indiscriminate effort to cause carnage and death to anyone who was in his way.

"Mercifully, and no thanks to the defendant, death was not caused by his driving but serious injury was.

"The Crown says there was plainly an intention to kill here."

Doorman Grzegorz Perzanowski told the court through a Polish translator he had escorted Mr Abdul out of the club.

He said later he remembered "spinning several times in the air" after jumping on the car's bonnet to avoid being knocked down.

Mr Abdul, of McMillan Street, accepts he was the driver and has admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, jurors were told.

The trial continues.

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