The heroic efforts of a Northampton cab driver who desperately attempted to catch crucial evidence on his dashcam will be heard as evidence in an ongoing murder trial, a court was told on Monday.
Two men are standing trial for the murder of Daniel Fitzjohn, who died in Kingsley on June 14 2018.
Northampton Crown Court heard how a cab driver who drove Mr Fitzjohn and his friends around the evening of the murder and witnessed every step of the alleged attack fought to film the attackers as they attempted to flee the scene.
The jury heard how the victim, Mr Fitzjohn, got into a scuffle with his alleged attacker, Mr Quinn, who allegedly brandished a large branch at one of the group before he was punched to the floor by Mr Fitzjohn. Quinn then reportedly got into a grey Mini and drove it straight at the group, before driving off. Miss Loram QC said: "That should have been the end of it, but it wasn't." "The taxi [carrying Mr Fitzjohn and his friends] went to Brookfield Road to drop them off.
"But then the taxi driver noticed the return of the grey Mini." The driver warned his passengers of the approaching car, which 'abruptly' stopped behind them. The court heard that Quinn and another man, a Mr Sanghera, got out the Mini and ran at the group brandishing a knife and a machete respectively. Mr Fitzjohn then ran and was allegedly chased across Kingsley by Quinn. The prosecutor said that Mr Fitzjohn was caught, which is when he received two stab wounds to his abdomen.
The court heard how the cab driver spun his vehicle around and sped after Mr Fitzjohn to capture the alleged attack on his dashcam which he had set up on the front and rear windows of his cab.
The cab driver pursued Quinn and Sanghera up to the junction of East Park Parade and Kingsley Road 'to get their licence plates'. Then he called the police. The brave efforts of the cab driver meant that nearly every step of the events surrounding Mr Fitzjohn's death were caught on camera - including the alleged stabbing. Mr Fitzjohn was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead from his wounds the same night.
Miss Loram QC said: "It is the Crown's case that Quinn delivered those fatal wounds, while Sanghera was part and parcel of what happened... his behaviour makes him guilty of murder." As confirmed by the Northampton Chronicle, the court will hear the outline for the defence on Tuesday morning (February 5).