Man ‘repeatedly run over in Iceland car park by father and son over £40k debt’

“Distressing” CCTV showed John Avers, 47, being crushed under the wheels of the car driven by Bobby Ternent, 32, as his father Gary Ternent allegedly held him down

“Distressing” CCTV showed John Avers, 47, being crushed under the wheels of a car

A man was reportedly run over multiple times in an Iceland car park by a father and son over a £40,000 debt.

“Distressing” CCTV showed John Avers, 47, being crushed under the wheels of the car driven by Bobby Ternent, 32, as his father Gary Ternent allegedly held him down.

Mr Avers, who was heard screaming in the footage, died at the scene in an Iceland car park, having suffered “catastrophic” injuries, the Old Bailey heard.

Afterwards, Bobby Ternent changed his clothes at home and burnt the BMW X6 which had false plates, jurors heard.

Later, father and son were allegedly picked up on CCTV talking about what had happened.

It was claimed Bobby Ternent said “he might be crippled”, to which his 59-year-old father replied: “Right, we gone over him three times.”

Following his arrest, Bobby Ternent claimed his long-standing friend Mr Avers had asked him to look after £40,000 then accused him of handing it back “short”.

Opening the trial, prosecutor William Emlyn Jones QC said Mr Avers had been picked up by the defendants in the “sporty” BMW in Dagenham, east London, and driven to the car park late on September 13, 2020.

The scene in Dagenham, east London, where John Avers, was allegedly crushed



He said: “What happened in the Iceland car park is that Bobby and Gary Ternent murdered John Avers by deliberately driving that BMW X6 straight at him, running him over.

“With Bobby Ternent at the wheel, and Gary Ternent holding John Avers down on the ground in front of the car, John Avers was run over once, then Bobby Ternent spun the car around and ran over him again.

“Gary Ternent then ran to join his son in the car before they then ran their victim over a third time – and a fourth time.

“Only then, no doubt satisfied that they had done enough damage, they drove away, leaving John Avers dying, or more likely already dead from the catastrophic injuries they caused him.”

Before playing footage of the incident, the prosecutor warned jurors the “vital evidence” made for “distressing viewing”.
Police and medics found Mr Avers in a large pool of blood, and he was pronounced dead at 12.22am.

A post-mortem examination found he had suffered multiple injuries from being crushed by the car, including fractures to the skull, sternum, pelvis, left thigh and 22 ribs.

Following the defendants’ arrests, Bobby Ternent admitted running over his friend Mr Avers in a row over £40,000, which he threw away as he drove from the scene.

The scene in Dagenham, east London



Mr Emlyn Jones suggested Mr Avers was not a “big time villain” but had been a “very successful businessman”.

Previously, he ran a sash windows carpentry company and lived in a million-pound house, jurors heard.

When his business went downhill, he sold his home, his marriage fell apart and he turned to drink and drugs, the court was told.

Mr Emlyn Jones said that on the night of his death, Mr Avers texted his ex-wife: “I’m going to get your house back.”

The prosecutor suggested that whatever the truth, having a row over money and being threatened was not a defence to murder.

He said: “If Bobby Ternent deliberately ran over John Avers as he appears to admit he did, and as we can see anyway from the CCTV that he did, the prosecution say that makes him guilty of murder.”

The defendants, of Movers Lane, Barking, east London, have denied murder.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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