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Caerphilly window fitter stands trial accused of killing farmer in supermarket car park

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A window fitter from Caerphilly has been accused of killing a farmer in a supermarket car park.

Timothy Higgins is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court. The 22-year-old is charged with manslaughter.

He is also charged with causing the death of 48-year-old Christopher Gadd while driving without a licence or insurance.

Higgins denies all the charges.

The incident happened in a Sainsbury's car park in Pontllanfraith on 4th March this year.

Christopher Gadd was in the car park with his brother Paul.

Prosecutor Owen Williams said he would be making a case that the Mr Higgins deliberately swerved his vehicle to the right in order to drive at Christopher Gadd.

He said the defendant attempted to reverse out of his parking space to leave but was unable to, which led to him becoming "annoyed".

Paul Gadd is due to give evidence this afternoon.

Christopher Gadd, the deceased, made his way through the car park on foot, towards the carriageway the defendant had entered with his vehicle.

It is the prosecution’s case that the defendant deliberately swerved his vehicle to the right in order to drive at Christopher Gadd.

As a result of him doing so, his vehicle collided with Christopher Gadd...

Christopher Gadd fell backwards to the floor and sustained significant and fatal head injuries...

It is the prosecution case that Timothy Higgins committed an unlawful act by deliberately driving a motor vehicle at Christopher Gadd.

– Owen Williams, prosecutor

The court heard the defendant had a provisional licence at the time.

The defendant said he heard a “thud” and thought Mr Gadd had punched his car, but when he looked in his mirror, he was on the floor.

He denied intentionally hitting Christopher Gadd.

The trail continues.