A Deliveroo driver was fatally stabbed during a traffic incident by a van driver who “just wasn’t willing to let things rest,” a court has heard.
Hef and part-time delivery driver Takieddine Boudhane, 30, died at the scene of the confrontation in Finsbury Park, north London, on the evening of January 3, 2020, the Old Bailey heard.
His alleged attacker, plumber Nathan Smith, 28, fled to Austria the following day, jurors heard.
He returned from continental Europe after 17 months and was on trial for murder at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Mr Smith, from Archway, north London, denies murder.
Julian Evans QC opened his trial saying Mr Boudhane was driving a moped and Mr Smith in a VW Caddy van when they both stopped at traffic lights in north London.
They were both turning right onto Lennox Road when something happened that upset Mr Boudhane, who was driving alongside the van, the jury was told.
CCTV footage showed the men had exchanged words and the encounter was “not a friendly encounter”, Mr Evans said.
Seconds later, Mr Smith pulled up on Charteris Road, where Mr Boudhane and another moped rider had parked nearby, the jury heard.
The court heard Mr Smith acted “aggressively” and came out with a knife while Mr Boudhane allegedly had a screwdriver.
Mr Smith “went on the attack” after the moped rider swung out his crash helmet to fend him off, jurors heard.
Even when the incident appeared to be over, Mr Smith “just wasn’t ready to let things go,” said Mr Evans.
He told jurors: “If you analyze and look at the sequence of events that the CCTV shows show, it shows that what Mr Smith went on to do at the time had nothing to do with self-defense at all.
“Rather, it shows that he was the aggressor. He ran towards Takieddine several times with a knife in his hand.”
The prosecutor described the fatal incident as follows: “As Smith ran towards him, Takieddine swung his crash helmet towards Smith. This action, according to prosecutors, was again defensive.
“As Smith stepped onto the sidewalk, he ducked under the swinging crash helmet and swung his knife twice in quick succession at Takieddine’s torso.
“It is the prosecution’s case that one of those two swift blows with the knife, each with force, entered Takieddine’s chest.”
Despite suffering a 7.5cm wound, Mr Boudhane and the other moped driver ran after Mr Smith and smacked the side of the van with their crash helmets as it pulled away, the court heard.
Mr Boudhane then collapsed to the ground and died at 7.42pm despite the efforts of paramedics on the scene.
Meanwhile, Mr Smith drove home and said nothing to his family about what had happened, the jury was told.
The next day he reportedly used his brother’s passport and bank card to fly from Luton Airport to Austria.
When police looked for him at his parents’ address, the defendant’s father showed them a video believed to be of his son showing views of lakes and mountains.
Police recovered Mr Smith’s van and allegedly found bloodstains that matched the victim’s DNA.
In February 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr Smith, who was in Europe for 17 months.
On June 3, 2021, the accused met British officers at Lisbon International Airport, who escorted him back to the UK.
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