Yorkshire businessman weeps as he is cleared of knocking down former friend with his Bentley after Facebook row

A company director who accidentally knocked down his mother and a former friend with his Bentley has been cleared of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent.

Friday, 2nd February 2018, 7:59 am
Updated Friday, 2nd February 2018, 8:10 am
A man has been cleared after knocking down his former friend in his Bentley. The pair had fallen out after a row on Facebook.

Arron Honzik was left paralysed from the waist down after he was pinned under the luxury car outside businessman Andrew Platts's gated home.

Mr Platts, 42, of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, said he panicked and knocked down 6ft 4in Mr Honzik after receiving threats over the phone and by text.

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The pair had fallen out over a Facebook post, jurors were told.

Mr Platts was surprised to find his former friend waiting for him outside his property when he returned home from work with his two children in the back of his car.

He told the jury he manoeuvred his vehicle to block Mr Honzik from approaching his car door, accidentally knocked down his own mother and then ran over the powerfully-built younger man.

The 25-year-old suffered multiple broken bones and requires a wheelchair following the accident in October 2016.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court cleared Mr Platts of the offence after deliberating for three hours and 40 minutes.

The businessman's supporters cried out in joy when the jury foreman returned the "not guilty" verdict.

Mr Platts wept in the dock before hugging family members.

He declined to comment after being cleared.

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