"Camisan Emanuvel used his car as a weapon"
Camisan Emanuvel, aged 36, of Ilford, was jailed for a minimum of 15 years on October 25, 2019, for the murder of council worker, Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan.
He was sentenced at the Old Bailey after being convicted of one count of murder on the same day.
Emanuvel drove on the wrong side of the road before deliberately driving into the Brent council worker with his Audi A3.
The incident happened on Ealing Road, Alperton, northwest London in the early hours of April 16, 2019.
The attack on the 27-year-old stemmed from a fight between two groups who had arrived in the area wielding poles, sticks and bottles.
After being hit by the car, Mr Kasivisuwanathan was left with a broken leg and fractured nose.
However, further complications resulted in his death a few hours later in hospital.
Emanuvel’s car sustained a cracked windscreen as a result of the collision but he did not stop and instead drove away from the scene. Police later stopped him after they noticed his broken windscreen.
Senior prosecutor with the CPS Sarah Dale explained:
“This death stemmed from planned violence between two groups of men who had driven to Alperton intent on a violent confrontation.
“Camisan Emanuvel used his car as a weapon, driving on the wrong side of the road at speed, and right into the victim.
“Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan had been standing visibly in the middle of road with his back to the car, he stood no chance of avoiding the collision.”
Emanuvel claimed he was unaware of the dispute and had “innocently driven through the area”.
Ms Dale continued:
“Emanuvel claimed he did not know about the clash between the groups and had innocently driven through the area.”
“On failing to stop after the collision he said did not know he had struck anyone with his car and was simply trying to get to safety.
“Using CCTV evidence of the attack, eyewitness accounts and information from the forensic collision investigator, the prosecution was able to prove that Emanuvel deliberately drove his car at the victim and intended to cause him serious harm.”
Kilburn Times reported that Camisan Emanuvel was found guilty of murdering the council worker on October 25, 2019, and was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison later that day.
Ms Dale concluded: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Kasivisuwanathan. I hope this conviction provides some comfort to them.”