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2011 - February 7 - Maidstone Crown Court - Attempted murder trial begins.
Nicholas Fabian is charged with:
Unlawful possession of ammunition
GBH with intent
Causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury.
Fabian is accused of stealing a grenade containing about 155g of high
explosives with a lethal range of up to ten metres, during training on an
army range, then using the device to blow up his pregnant wife Victoria's
car, while it was occupied by her, and her son Charlie.
Graham Reeds QC
"According to Mrs Fabian, who is due to give evidence tomorrow, their relationship
"had more downs than ups
"Nicholas Fabian had tampered with the brakes on his wife's car on three
Fabian had access to grenades at a training exercise in Yorkshire in January
last year. During the course of his weapons training he stole a hand grenade from
a firing range in North Yorkshire, and on March 5 last year he used it to booby-trap
his wife’s car.
his mistress. She then went to bed but Fabian went downstairs until 2.30am.
"There were two opportunities for Mr Fabian to have planted the device.
The first was later that night when Victoria went to bed.
Activity on the family computer showed that someone had looked at the
ArmyNet website along with child support information until after midnight.
The second opportunity was when he took the dog for a half hour walk the
Fabian was at the time having an affair with ex-work colleague Jackie Phillips.
Fabian had sent a text to his lover Jackie Phillips a minute before midday on
March 5. The message read: "Hello gorgeous. I love you so much xxx."
The car exploded an hour later as Mrs Fabian set out towards her mother's.
The couple had left their home in separate cars. The defendant drove out first.
Fabian had their four-year-old son Harry in his car.
As Mrs Fabian pulled out and started to drive away there was an explosion which
ripped a hole inwards through the driver’s side footwell. Shrapnel penetrated into
the driver’s compartment causing very serious wounds to Mrs Fabian’s legs which
have left her in a severely injured condition.
Seeing that she was alive but injured and screaming, the defendant then got
Mrs. Fabian out of the car before the fire could take hold.
After he had been arrested it was discovered from her telephone that he had
been sending Jackie Phillips affectionate text messages, proclaiming his love
for her. Although Fabian told police he had split from his lover the text messages
The defendant was a recently trained soldier who well knew the damage grenades
were capable of causing.
When he was arrested over the blast the following day Fabian claimed the grenade
was planted by someone else. But paint flakes matching it were found in his workshop.
Also found at his home were 95 live rounds stolen from an army firing range. Nylon,
like that used to pull the pin from the grenade on contact with the steering wheel,
was also found in Fabian's shed.
"Taken together the evidence demonstrates it was him that placed the grenade
on the car."