Driver of escort cleared of road-rage manslaughter
A man accused of manslaughter by punching a 40-year-old into a busy Wandsworth road has been found not guilty.
Jesse Nixon, 27, of Meadow Way, Hertfordshire, was on trial for the manslaughter of Anthony Young, 40, of West Norwood, who died of severe brain injuries after being hit by a car.
But the jury returned a not guilty verdict on Monday, April 30.
During the trial Kingston Crown Court heard an argument broke out when Mr Nixon slammed into the back of Mr Young's gold Nissan Micra on October 22, 2010 in Trinity Road, Wandsworth.
It was alleged he got out of his blue Ford Fiesta and punched Mr Young in the face, who fell into the path of a passing car.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and took Mr Young to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, but he died several hours afterwards.
Defending, Mr Stephen Kamlish, said Mr Young hit Mr Nixon first and he punched him back when Mr Young came towards him.
It also emerged during the trial Mr Nixon was ferrying escort Oana Satmar between clients when the incident occurred and Mr Young was over the drink drive limit.
Jurors were told police have still not been able to find the driver of the speeding car which killed him.