Man rammed former partner’s car in bid to stop her working as an escort, court told
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A man tried to stop his former partner from working as an escort by ramming her car in an Ipswich supermarket car park, it has been alleged.
Justin Noble accelerated and deliberately drove his Nissan X-Trail into a Corsa belonging to 30-year-old Pareese Bear and pushed it into a wall, Ipswich Crown Court was told.
He had then allegedly driven at Miss Bear causing her to run out of the way to avoid being hit before forcing her into the back of his car and squeezing her throat so hard that she lost consciousness, said Oliver Weetch, prosecuting.
Giving evidence Miss Bear claimed that when she came round and accused Noble of hurting her he allegedly said: "I'm not trying to hurt you I'm trying to kill you."
Noble, 30, of Thomas Road, Clacton, has denied dangerous driving on October 2 last year in the car park at Sainsbury's in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, and assaulting Miss Bear causing her actual bodily harm on the same date.
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The jury heard that Noble has admitted criminal damage to Miss Bear's Corsa and criminal damage to her mobile phone two days later on October 4.
Cross-examined by Emma Nash, for Noble, Miss Bear said she had an on off relationship with Noble for several years and had been staying with him at his parents' house in Clacton after coming out of another relationship.
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She accepted she worked as an escort and said on October 2 Noble had driven her to Ipswich to pick up a car she had bought before driving her to see a client in the area.
She said that when they went to the Sainsbury's car park to collect her car at around midnight they had a row and when she got out of his vehicle he had rammed her car which was writen-off after being pushed into a wall.
She denied the row with Noble was about her working as an escort and that the reason he had driven at her car was to stop her using it for her work.
Miss Bear said that Noble had not been unhappy about her working as an escort. "He was happy to take money from me knowing where it had come from," she said.
She denied working as an escort to fund a drug habit.
The trial continues.