Bradford man fell from back of tipper truck on Holme Wood, court told

A man was seriously injured when he fell from the back of a tipper truck travelling on the Holme Wood estate in Bradford, a jury heard yesterday. Jordan Hamilton sustained a fractured skull and bleeding and swelling to his brain when he landed in the road on the evening of November 5, 2018, it is alleged. Anthony Heap, 33, of Knutsford Grove, Holme Wood, denies causing serious injury to Mr Hamilton by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor David McGonigal alleged that Mr Hamilton, a friend of Heap’s, fell on to Muirhead Drive as the vehicle turned right from Knutsford Grove. Mr McGonigal told Bradford Crown Court that he was found lying on the pavement with serious injuries. He told the jury there was no evidence that Heap’s driving that night was dangerous.

But he knew Mr Hamilton was in the back of the truck and the fact that he drove at all was dangerous. Mr McGonigal said that all the seats in the vehicle’s cab were taken when Heap saw Mr Hamilton on foot on the estate. He pulled up and told him there was no room, saying: “You’ll have to walk.”

It is claimed that Mr Hamilton replied: “No, I’ll jump in the back.” After they set off, it is alleged that a woman passenger asked if Mr Hamilton could get into trouble for riding on the back of the truck. When she looked round to see him, he was no longer there.

Heap and his passengers retraced their route and could not find him, the jury was told. They went to Heap’s flat to wait for Mr Hamilton and were told that he was lying in the road. They found him on the ground bleeding and the emergency services were called.

Mr McGonigal said Mr Hamilton was discovered close to Muirhead Fold. CCTV footage taken from a nearby house was played in court. Mr McGonigal alleged it showed Heap driving his wagon out of Knutsford Grove with a figure standing on the back that disappears as he rounds the corner.

“The prosecution say that’s when he came off the wagon and fell into the road,” he said. Heap said at the scene that his friend Mr Hamilton went to the shop at 9.30pm. He was driving round the estate when he was told he was laid out in the road.

He later declined to answer questions when he was interviewed by the police.

Mr Hamilton is said to have sustained a fractured skull, with bleeding and swelling to the brain, a fractured leg, internal injuries and fractured ribs.

The trial continues.

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