Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears as Mum Recalls Crash

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears as Mum Recalls Crash

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TWO lives have been shattered by the "five seconds of madness" which left Arron Honzik paralysed, a jury was told.

The trial of Andrew Platts continued into a third day at Newcastle Crown Court.

The wealthy window company boss is accused of causing devastating injuries to former friend Arron Honzik.

Platts denies causing GBH with intent by hitting Mr Honzik with his Bentley at his Great Ayton home in October 2016.

The 42-year-old wept again on the stand as his trial reached an emotional third day.

A 999 call, made as Mr Honzik lay trapped under Platts' Bentley, was played.

And the defendant's mum also sobbed as she too gave evidence, crying as she recalled the chaotic scenes. She revealed the danger her son was supposedly in after Platts pulled up on his huge driveway and summoned her to call the police on Mr Honzik, who was waiting for him outside his home.

"He said 'mam, phone the police quick'" said Margaret Wright.

"I thought he was joking as he does joke. But he said mum, call the police quick - he is coming to kill me.

"I knew then he was for real."

She told jurors how she too had feared the 6ft 4in crane operator - who she initially assumed was a workman - after he charged at her.

"He was coming at me with a vacant look and he had his fist in the air and his phone in the hand," she said. "I thought he was going to punch me."

That phone played a key part in prosecutor Roger Brown's quizzing of Platts, who gave evidence for the second day in a row.

The former King's Manor pupil admitted he had picked up the phone - which Mr Honzik claims contained footage from the crash site - but "shot" it away to help treat the casualty. The court heard the phone has never been found. …

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