Lawyers for Hartlepool duo accused of trying to run over lad claim incident was ‘made up’

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Lawyers for a man and teenager accused of trying to run down a lad in the street said the allegation was a “fabrication”.

Jamie Seago, 25, of Westbrooke Avenue, Hartlepool, is accused of trying to run the alleged victim over as he crossed the town’s Mulgrave, Road, on October 14. A 16-year-old said to have been a passenger is on trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Crown’s case is riddled with inconsistencies

Andrew Teate, defending Jamie Seago

In their final address to the jury, barristers for the two defendants said the prosecution case was littered with inconsistencies. They said evidence about exactly where and when the alleged incident happened was unclear.

They also pointed to the 999 call the alleged victim made when he said he had a male witness but later said he meant his sister who did not see the actual incident.

Andrew Teate, defending Seago, who denies dangerous driving, said: “This case the Crown brings is riddled with inconsistencies and the defendant’s case has remained the same throughout.

“It is ‘I wasn’t there, I didn’t drive the car that day, I wasn’t present, I didn’t do it’.”

Paul Abrahams, defending the teenager, who denies a charge of taking revenge, said: “It didn’t happen.”

The trial continues.