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Lib Dem councillor ‘used Audi A5 to mow down wife’s lover’

A road safety campaigner mowed down a love rival in his car after finding out he was having an affair with his wife, a court heard. 

Ian Spiller, 36, is accused of accelerating towards Karl Davies, 39, in his Audi A5 after seeing him walking along a pavement with his wife.

The Liberal Democrat councillor allegedly used an app to to access all of his wife’s texts and track down their location before running Mr Davies down with his car.

Spiller and wife Vicky, 35, had been married for 10 years before splitting up – but the pair still lived in the same home with their two children.

Ian Spiller, 36, is accused of accelerating towards Karl Davies, 39, in his Audi A5 after seeing him walking along a pavement with his wife Vicky (pictured with Spiller)

Spiller and wife Vicky (pictured) had been married for 10 years before splitting up - but the pair still lived in the same home with their two children

Spiller and wife Vicky (pictured) had been married for 10 years before splitting up – but the pair still lived in the same home with their two children

The court heard Spiller – who led a campaign for road safety in their home village – drove at his victim after becoming jealous when she met the new man.

Christopher Rees, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Davies remembers nothing more than a white flash and a scream.

‘Mrs Spiller noticed that her husband’s car was driving behind them at what she thought was some speed.

‘Spiller deliberately mounted the pavement to drive at Mr Davies, the man he had just found out was having an affair with his wife.’ 

Mr Davies was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull following the incident.

Mr Rees said: ‘Spiller had contacted Mrs Spiller and told her that he was now aware that they were having a sexual affair.

The court heard Spiller (pictured) - who led a campaign for road safety in their home village - drove at his victim after becoming jealous when she met the new man

Vicky Spiller

The court heard Spiller (left) – who led a campaign for road safety in their home village – drove at his victim after becoming jealous when Vicky (right) met the new man

Mrs Spiller (pictured) claimed that the car smashed into Mr Davies and sent him flying into some nearby bushes

Mrs Spiller (pictured) claimed that the car smashed into Mr Davies and sent him flying into some nearby bushes

‘That was his belief. Apparently he downloaded some sort of app which allowed him to get access to Mrs Spiller’s texts.’

The court heard Spiller – who served as a Lib Dem member on Laleston Community Council in Bridgend, South Wales – ran into Mr Davies on February 11, 2016.

Mr Rees said: ‘Mrs Spiller’s account is that the car hit and pushed him into some bushes a couple of feet behind him.

‘Spiller then reversed the car and as he did so, Mr Davies punched the side passenger window – he had been deliberately driven into.

‘Spiller continued to drive away and Mr Davies was being dragged on the road.’

Mrs Spiller (pictured) was walking along the pavement with Mr Davies when her estranged husband is alleged to have deliberately driven into him

Mrs Spiller (pictured) was walking along the pavement with Mr Davies when her estranged husband is alleged to have deliberately driven into him

The court heard Mr Davies was left unconscious on the floor, ‘blowing bubbles from his mouth’ after being hit on the roadside in Bridgend, South Wales.

Spiller told police he did not deliberately target Mr Davies, and he was forced to swerve to avoid him when he was driving along the road.

Spiller, whose sister-in-law Holly Crawford was in the front passenger seat, says Mr Davies grabbed her by the throat and he revved the car to get away.

He started a group called the ‘A48: Make It Safe campaign’, after a 16-year-old schoolboy was hit by a motorbike and killed near their home village.

Spiller, of Bridgend, denies dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.

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