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Braintree double murder accused David Oakes 'once tried to run his ex-lover over'

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: April 26, 2012

DAVID Oakes once tried to run over his former partner Christine Chambers outside her home, a court heard.

On the second day of the trial, Christine's friend and former neighbour, Donna Garrod, 20, claimed to have seen Mr Oakes chase her in his Jaguar.

"She was on foot in Bartram Avenue, running," she told prosecutor Orlando Pownall QC.

"It looked like he was trying to run her over."

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Christine escaped by running into another estate, she said.

The incident, the court heard, was just one of a string of violent outbursts Christine suffered at the hands of Oakes.

"She used to say that if she did something wrong he could become violent," Ms Garrod, a friend of six years, told the court.

On one occasion he had thrown whiskey in her eyes when she was holding their baby, Shania. On another he threw a tin of beans at the mother-of-four, missing her but hitting her 11-year-old daughter in the face, she said.

Ms Garrod also said that Christine told her that Oakes had threatened to kill their daughter Shania before but, in other instances, was "very loving" towards his child.

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