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Bloke who ploughed down mate in van after row down the pub guilty of murder

A man who mowed down his friend following an argument in a pub has been found guilty of murder.

Craig Garton, 42, drove his grey Ford Transit van at 41-year-old Dean Clark after they were both kicked out of The Blacksmiths Arms pub in Little Clacton in Essex on February 7 last year.

The victim moved out of the way but Garton reversed at him, trapping him under the van.

He then drove off, dragging him pal along the road.

Mr Clark, who was described by his partner as a “kind, caring man” died at the scene of traumatic chest injuries.

Garton denied murder but jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court found him guilty on Wednesday, Essex Police said.

The defendant, of Upper Branston Road, Clacton, told officers after he was arrested: “I went out for a few drinks and ended up killing my mate.”

A breath test showed he was over the drink-drive alcohol limit.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Julie Gowen, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This is a tragic incident where an argument has escalated to murder.

“Dean Clark was a much-loved family man whose death has left a huge hole in the lives of his friends and family.

“A moment of drink-fuelled rage has had catastrophic consequences.

“It is clear from Garton’s actions he intended to do Dean harm, attempting to run him over once and when that failed, reversing and trying again.

“Garton now faces a life sentence.

“I want to praise the courage of Dean’s family throughout this process and while nothing can bring him back, I hope this result provides them with some justice.”

Garton is due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 26.

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