Jealous husband killed wife's boyfriend by driving into him after using tracking devices to follow couple, court hears
A jealous husband repeatedly hit and killed his estranged wife's boyfriend with his car after using tracking devices to hunt the new couple down, a court has heard.
Taxi firm owner Nasser Rezaie was driving a Mercedes S Class when he allegedly killed fellow cabbie and mechanic Allan Frampton, 60, in a quiet cul-de-sac in Chelmsford, Essex.
The 63-year-old, from Petersfield, Chelmsford, is standing trial after denying the murder in Osea Way on May 9.
Opening the case at Chelmsford Crown Court, prosecutor Peter Gair told jurors the killing was premeditated and the culmination of months of threats towards his wife Jane Rezaie and her new partner Mr Frampton.
The court heard that Rezaie had fitted tracking devices to his wife's car. These sent alerts about her location to his mobile phone so he could follow her every movement - eventually tracking them down on the day of the alleged murder.
He had become increasingly violent, threatening to cut both of their throats, decapitate them and cut off Mr Frampton's penis, Mr Gair said.
Mr Gair added: "The defendant was not willing to accept the marriage was over despite being told a number of times by family and friends.
"He started to harbour violent thoughts towards both Jane and Mr Frampton.
"He was a jealous and controlling man who was prepared to resort to violence.
"He clearly wanted to discover their whereabouts.
"On May 9, no doubt as a result of those tracking devices, he knew where they were and had them in his hands."
The court heard the Rezaie's had been married for more than 30 years and have three adult children. They ran the firm Ali's Taxis together.
In recent years the relationship had deteriorated and Mrs Rezaie was "very unhappy", Mr Gair said.
She began a relationship with Mr Frampton, who maintained some of the family firm's taxis, in 2012.
This relationship further blossomed as Rezaie began spending increasing amounts of time in his homeland of Iran where he ran a property company.
Mr Frampton, from Hatfield Peverel, Essex, died from multiple injuries after being hit several times by the car.
The incident was caught on private CCTV cameras in the street.
Before the killing, Rezaie wrote on Facebook that he believed Mr Frampton was only interested in Mrs Rezaie's money.
In other posts aimed at one of his daughters, he wrote "jail is free" and "I believe justice will be done".
He added: "I swear to God I won't let them get away with it."
On another occasion, a violent attack on Mrs Rezaie was recorded in a voicemail message, the court heard.
Before the killing he told her he had earlier considered running Mr Frampton over but chose not to because he was standing close to somebody else, the court heard.
In another voicemail, he told his wife: "Don't walk too close to him when you walk together."
The day before the murder, the GPS tracker sent a message to Rezaie at 12.05pm confirming his wife's car had been in Osea Way, where their son and daughter lived.
It then sent another alert saying her car had moved to Hatfield Peveral where she was living with Mr Frampton.
On May 9, another alert was sent at 14.31pm confirming the car had returned to Osea Way.
Earlier that day the Rezaie's son and daughter had received a letter from him saying he knew they were letting the couple visit them.
Referring to their "whore of a mother", he wrote: "That whore knows me and she knows I will not rest until this is over."
When Rezaie arrived in the street later that evening he saw Mr Frampton and Mrs Rezaie standing in the street.
Recognising his silver Mercedes, Mrs Rezaie began to get into a car to leave but Mr Frampton decided to confront him.
"The defendant went there because he had every belief that Allan and Jane were still there," Mr Gair said.
"Given the background and the previous threats, his motive was clearly hostile.
"Instead of getting into the car with Jane, Mr Frampton went and got a wooden rounders bat and made the fatal mistake of deciding to walk up to the defendant's car.
"Jane called out for him to come back but he didn't. He was gesturing as though to say 'come on then'.
"You may consider Allan had reached the end of his tether."
After the killing, Rezaie drove to Chelmsford police station and told officers he had been involved in an "accident" and hit a man with his car after he approached him with a hammer.
Mr Gair said: "This ain't no accident. This was a deliberate assault."