Jury retires in trial of motorist accused of causing his girlfriend's death as they became intimate moments before crash
A jury has retired in the trial of a motorist accused of causing his girlfriend's death as they became intimate moments before he crashed his car.
Prosecutors allege Minesh Parbat, 36, dropped his trousers and underpants at the wheel of his BMW Z3 to take part in a sex act with Lisa Watling before he crashed.
Mother of two Ms Watling, 28, was found wearing only a T-shirt and a bra following the crash, while the rest of her clothes were found in the car's footwell.
Members of the public discovered Parbat with his trousers and underwear around his ankles with his buttocks and penis exposed.
At Lewes Crown Court, Parbat told jurors Ms Watling, a hair salon worker, had described feeling "horny" to him and invited him to pull down his trousers as he drove.
But he denied anything sexual had taken place as he drove at between 50mph and 60mph, adding that he had instead struggled to get her off him before crashing.
He said he dropped his trousers and underpants as part of a "cheeky little dare" with Ms Watling and that "there was nothing sexual in it".
Parbat suffered facial injuries in the crash and gave a positive blood test which showed 102 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - the drink-drive limit being 80 milligrams.
Ms Watling died of her injuries after Parbat veered into the central reservation and then crashed into a fence on the A2011 in Crawley, West Sussex, at about 1.40am on March 9 last year.
Earlier in the evening the couple had gone for a meal at TGI Friday's in Crawley before returning to Ms Watling's home in Kestrel Close, Langley Green.
After Parbat realised he had left his mobile phone at his home, the couple drove in his BMW to collect it and the crash happened as they returned to her house.
Parbat, who works in his mother's clothes shop and lives in Gregory Close, Maidenbower, Crawley, denies causing death by dangerous driving.