This grandfather from Gerrards Cross is on trial for murder:
70-year-old denies murdering pedestrian, 69, he assaulted with his fists and feet
A 70-year-old grandfather murdered a pensioner in a fit of rage after a row on a pedestrian crossing.
Paul Davidson, 69, died three days after sustaining fractured ribs – that punctured his lungs and abdomen – in the attack in Chalfont St Peter.
He had been using the crossing in Market Place when he got into an alercation with Odysseas Vafiadis, driver of a white Skoda Yeti who had had to stop to let Mr Davidson pass.
The pair exchanged words before Mr Vafiadis starting throwing punches and kicks at Mr Davidson’s face, arm and back, fracturing four ribs which led to his death three days later, Reading Crown Court was told on Tuesday.
Mr Vafiadis, of Birchadale, Gerrards Cross, is charged with murder and manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Prosecuting, Ian Hope, told the jury the defendant was driving his grandson home from a leisure centre on November 6 last year when he stopped at the zebra crossing to let Mr Davidson walk across.
The Chalfont St Peter resident had been at a fast food restaurant, having left his partner Nicola Ferguson at the White Hart hotel where they had spent a couple of hours.
A combination of Vafiadis’ driving and Mr Davidson’s ‘ambling’ on the zebra crossing led to an exchange of words before Vafiadis landed a number of punches and kicks during one minute and 45 seconds of rage, said Mr Hope.
“It is quite clear Mr Vafiadis lost his temper. He launched an assault on him with his fists, his feet and then his fists again,” he added.
“Mr Davidson’s partner, Nicola Ferguson, made a statement where she said Mr Vafiadis repeatedly kicked Mr Davidson as he was on the floor.
Another witness described seeing a man being lifted from the floor and being slammed down onto the pavement like someone would slam a basketball into a net.
Mr Hope continued: “The incident lasted just short of two minutes and Mr Vafiadis left the scene in his Skoda with his grandson in the passenger seat.”
Doctors did not initially diagnose Mr Davidson with broken bones but the bruising worsened overnight and Mrs Ferguson noticed ‘enormous’ bruising on his back, the jury was told.
After returning from walking his dog three day’s later, Mr Davidson vomited and collapsed. Mrs Ferguson called paramedics but Mr Davidson later died from complications including a haemo-pneumo thorax.
Mr Vafiadis was arrested later the same day.
Mr Hope added: “When Mr Vafiadis was arrested he told police Mr Davidson approached his window and he called him an idiot. He said the male grabbed him around the neck and still had a mark.
“He said he punched the male in the face once with force. He also said he heard the male’s head go ‘clunk’ on the floor.”
Mrs Ferguson told jurors she saw the driver ‘sprint’ to where Mr Davidson was standing, grab him round the neck and throw a punch.
She said: “Paul collapsed on the floor by the greengrocers. The driver, when Paul was on the floor, relentlessly and repeatedly kicked him.
“It wasn’t like two guys having a punch up. He was hellbent on kicking Paul.”
The trial continues.
Accused: Odysseas Vafiadis denies the murder and manslaughter of Paul Davidson