A drunk motorist was found with his trousers down after crashing his car when his doomed girlfriend tried to straddle him as he drove, a court has heard. Minesh Parbat is accused of killing Lisa Watling in a horrific road crash after the pair became allegedly amorous while driving. He denies causing death by dangerous driving and claims there was no sexual activity taking place.
Parbat, 36, was behind the wheel of the powerful BMW Z3 when he lost control and crashed, Lewes Crown Court heard. Hair salon worker Lisa, 28, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car in the crash and died of her injuries later that day, the court was told.
Parbat, of Maidenbower, West Sussex, was found by a witness with his trousers and belt round his ankles with his 'backside on show' and mum-of-two Lisa was also half naked, the court heard. Prosecutors say Parbat was found to be above the drink drive limit following the incident at 1.40am on March 9 last year in Crawley, West Sussex.
Philip Meredith, prosecuting, said: "This is a case where somebody has died untimely and unnecessarily. "The BMW Z3 was being driven by Mr Parbat with Lisa Watling, his then girlfriend, in the front passenger seat.
"In his first police interview the defendant said he hadn't been able to find his phone and went to go home to look for it but Miss Watling insisted on travelling with him. "He said he found his phone at home but that it was the last thing he remembered until waking up in hospital.
"For his second interview, on June 13, his memory was better. "He said on the return journey Miss Watling said she was feeling horny and started doing things she shouldn't have been. "He said she put her bottom on the dashboard and went to climb across him but stressed while he didn't have a full view of the road that he was in control.
"He told police that he did not view her behaviour as being sexual in any way and that he did not engage with her. "When he was then asked to provide an account for why his trousers were down he was unable to do so."
Lisa, of nearby Langley Green, died in the crash on a clear night with fine roadside conditions, witnesses told the court.
"The vehicle bounced off the fence and rotated anti-clockwise back into the carriageway. The extent of the damage was considerable to say the least. "All four tyres were deflated, the car lost its registration plate and there was damage to the windscreen. "A door became unhinged and Miss Watling was thrown out of the car into the road."
"A reading of 102 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood was taken, with the limit being 80 milligrams."