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Man sent 'flying through air' by car driver after trying to stop argument, court told

A man who suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a car outside a convenience store feared he was "going to be run over again".

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Derek Ricketts is accused of running over Joshua Morris near the Costcutter in Halesowen. Photo: Google

Derek Ricketts, aged 42, from Dudley, is on trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

The charges relate to an incident at around 10.50pm February 27 this year outside the Costcutter store at the junction of Halesowen Road and Elbow Street in Old Hill, when Ricketts allegedly drove his blue Mazda car at Joshua Morris after the latter had tried to intervene in a private argument.

The court heard Mr Morris tried to stop a dispute between Ricketts, who was in the car, and someone else.

After walking away and crossing the road into Elbow Street, Mr Morris alleges he was hit deliberately by Ricketts in the car and sent flying through the air. He said the defendant looked "agitated and looked like he was under the influence of something" during the earlier argument.

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