Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dangerous.? Yes. but He Wasn't Trying to Kill

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dangerous.? Yes. but He Wasn't Trying to Kill

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

DANGEROUS driver Pervaiz Mirza has been cleared of trying to kill his ex in a motorway crash.

Mirza was accused of dousing childhood sweetheart Tracy Taylor in petrol and crashing his Skoda into a barrier on Newcastle's Central Motorway at 85mph. He had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving but jurors have now cleared him of attempted murder.

Giving evidence at his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, dad-ofsix Mirza said he only wanted to harm himself that night.

And the 45-year-old denied wanting to kill his ex on December 22 last year as he faced up to Christmas without his partner of 27 years.

Mirza said he had containers of petrol in his car because he intended to go to Gosforth Park to commit suicide by setting himself on fire after picking up and dropping off Miss Taylor from work.

He said: "I decided this is it, I'm going to pick Tracy up, get her dropped off at home and just end it before anyone can change my mind.

"I was going to set myself alight."

Mirza said he picked up a petrol can and a Lenor bottle from the garage, which both contained fuel, and put them in his car.

After picking up Miss Taylor from a gym in Gosforth, Mirza said everything was fine to begin with.

But he said they began to argue when he told her he wasn't going to lend her some money, as had been agreed.

Mirza said he told her he was going to kill himself as they drove along and claimed she said he had said that before.

He told jurors: "I said I was going to do it after I dropped her off and I pulled the petrol out.

"I pulled the Lenor bottle from the side of me and said 'once I've dropped you I'm going to set myself on fire, I'm going to do myself in.' "She said 'don't be stupid give me that here, what about the kids. …

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