"He thought mistakenly that he was under attack."
Delivery driver Muhammed Khubaib, aged 25, of Sparkhill, was jailed for three years after he ran over a man in a car park.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that he twice ran over the 20-year-old victim who, along with other relatives during an incident on April 9, 2021.
The incident took place in a Halfords car park, off Coventry Road in Sheldon in Birmingham.
Khubaib had begun to reverse but he then drove forward at the victim causing fatal injuries.
Mr Richard Atkins QC, prosecuting, said:
“The defendant continued to drive forwards and he drove straight over him.”
The delivery driver was shouted at by the victim’s family to stop, but he didn’t.
Another vehicle then tried to block Khubaib, who reversed.
The prosecutor told the court that the victim’s foot may have become trapped under a wheel and he fell to the ground.
Mr Atkins said that the defendant continued to drive backwards and that led him to drive over the victim again.
A post-mortem examination revealed the victim had suffered a number of injuries with the most serious to his head.
Khubaib admitted a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
David Emanuel QC, defending Khubaib, said: “He never intended to do anybody any harm that night. He accepts he should not have carried on driving.
“He thought mistakenly that he was under attack.”
Mr Emanuel added that it all happened very quickly and the collision was at low speed.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC said that the family’s “grief is obvious and wholly understandable and added, “This is undoubtedly a tragic case.”
Judge Inman said Khubaib’s driving had caused a substantial risk to at least three people but had acted “in a state of panic and degree of fear”.
Khubaib was jailed for three years. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.